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Ok, this may be lengthy so here goes:
I acquired a Toshiba Tecra8000 and at first I tried to install SuSE 9.0
The Problem With SuSE -
I have the boot ISO disk so I am required to use the Network Installation. I have a D-Link DFE-690TXD laptop ethernet card but the driver for it is not in the modules and all of the drivers I try tell me "Failed to load Network Module." Stopped in my tracks.
My dad has the bootable disks for Red Hat 7.3 with all the actual files on them so I decided to try those.
Insert disk one... Laptop screen says: "Invalid System Disk. Please Insert Another Disk and hit any key."
So I plug in the floppy drive and load up the Red Hat 7.3 boot disk (with CD still in the drive).
It reads for a second and says: Loading Syslinux something else...
so I hit Enter.
It goes through the boot process until this message: Kernel panic no Init found. Try passing init= option to kernel.
I wasn't sure what that meant so I consulted my dad and tried such things as "init=/cdrom/init", "init=/mnt/cdrom", "init=/cdrom" and so forth. Only to have it tell me something to the effect of "Could not find Kernel image: init="...
Anyhow, I've just been using Knoppix in the meantime (which by the way also does not recognize the Ethernet card).
Any help is greatly appreciated.
I know the Ethernet card is good because when I had windows on the machine it recognized it and I got online.
I told SuSE "Load PCMCIA Modules" and after doing so the lights on the Ethernet Card came on and PCI device list shows "Ethernet Controller"... but none of the network card modules still work so I still can't install it.
After many many hours I finally decided to try-
and Ta Da! It loaded all the way. However, it gets to the set up program and asks if I'm using an NFS Image, FTP, or HTTP. Considering my ethernet card is not even recognized at this point I hit NFS Image. The next screen gives me 8 choices for Ethernet Modules... none of which work nor are there any for D-Link at all.