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i have a Compaq armada 4110, it has a mobile CD expansion unit, like a docking station but just for cdrom and game port/midi, its a 100MHz 40MB ram 801MB hard drive laptop. i seriously think it has no real bios, or what I'm used to calling a BIOS. it had a 10MB partition with some computer diag. software on it (but it seened like setting any of the options didn't work anyway) i deleted that part. when i installed vector 4.0 on it. now i would really love to get my favorite security distro knoppix-std install on it but, its a boot from cd distro. and my comp wont boot from cd. ive tried smart boot manager to no avail. SMB gives my a disk error: 0xAAA. also tried to go through dmesg looking for I/O hints to set the port manually. nuttin. std has no boot floppy img i can fit on a floppy disk so.. i thought some kinda net boot, i dont know though cause i have a pcmcia card. is there any hope...
Does your laptop bios even support boot from CD? I just quickly googled it, and it's a Pentium 100 MHz. Further, vanilla Knoppix needs at least 64 MB of RAM, and even then, you will need a swap file on disk; Knoppix-STD probably needs the same.
Since you have a hard-disk, you should probably just try installing lighter distro for it, and then installing your favourite security/detection packages. What's wrong with Vector?
ya i love vector, loads of style.
but.. i am a semi-noob so half the thing i try to compile, won't. std already has the tools that i would have to hunt down. and compile myself. if there was a place to get those packages, it would begin to help, and there isn't so.. also is there any other light versions of x. right now I'm at like 50% full on my HD, and installing x has consequences (i must crop the install packages to fit my 800 MB HDD, and all ways end up cropping some required package, lib, err something.) std fits on a 700MB CD.
cant i, from a rescue floppy, install the file system from the CD, install lilo, set up user stuff, etc.. mabey run the installer?
even though i would have no clue about how to do this. seems like it would be possible, linux can to anything.
/*any help greatly appreciated*/
and i dont think it really has a bois. it does show one.i cant hit f1 or delete to bring me to one i have to download a ms-dos floppy from compaq its like a system setup disk. stupid. if i ask me. thanks for your help!
Compaq is notorious for writing their BIOS on a small partition of the hard drive... the only way to get it back is to use their "recovery" cd if it is wiped. I've had several issues with compaqs because of this.
I'd try an adapter to connect the laptop drive to a PC, and install that way.
I've gotten Linux on Compaq desktops with boot partitions, and expect it would work on a laptop. pccables.com
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