I want to use an old laptop with no built in network card as an X Terminal.
I have installed LTSP and it works very well with a modern laptop with a built-in PXE enabled network card.
I want to use my old laptop (ThinkPad 770) but despite having tried numerous approaches, I have achieved very little. The closest I have got is running the Cywin X server under Win98 (I chose this revolting excuse for an OS as it's relatively lightweight) which works, but the processing and memory overhead is too high for this to be an attractive option. Also the idea of using Windows 98 makes me feel dirty
In case it is relevant, the network card I want to use is an Orinoco wireless card which is supported by Linux and works fine with Linux installed on the laptop itself. I have also tried with an old NE2000 compatible PCMCIA card and a Xircom 10/100 PCMCIA card - both of these cards also work fine with Linux but I haven't been any more successful using them.
I have tried the PXES distribution, but it doesn't support any of the cards I have.
I have tried the Thinstation distribution, but although it is supposed to support the Orinoco card, there is a bug and it won't load any PCMCIA modules.
I know etherboot won't work because it doesn't support PCMCIA (this is a great shame as this is my preferred solution).
Argon Technologies make a (commercial) PXE boot disk but it doesn't support my cards.
I have tried compiling a kernel with PCMCIA support and the appropriate card driver built in (instead of being loaded as modules) but (for a reason I haven't been able to establish) it doesn't recognise my card.
Has anyone out there managed to reuse an old laptop (with a PCMCIA network card of any sort) as an X terminal? If so how?
Any suggestions/help would be much appreciated.