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Old 02-03-2004, 03:23 AM   #1
choppa
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Question Help needed on creating bootdisk w/ PCMCIA + network + ftp


Hi,

Unfortunately I don't know how to do this myself so I've got to ask you guys - knowing that this is probably something simple, well

I've got an old notebook (P233 IBM) which has no CD-Rom drive, a FDD, and a blank HDD. I've got an Xircom IIps (10MBit) PCMCIA card. On my main system I've got a DHCP server and and FTP running.

What I need is a way to boot off a floppy drive on the notebook. I need it to recognize the Xircom PCMCIA network card, get an IP address, and also recognize the local FAT32 formatted HDD. Then I need it to connect to my main PCs FTP over the network, so I can dump all my junk onto the laptop.
It'd be great if someone can walk me through on how-to compile a boot-disk for me with some distro*


Any ideas? Any help is greatly appreciated.
(And yes, I will be using the laptop to install Win98 because that's all my father knows how to use -- Windows that is... please don't hold the purpose against me).

Thanks,
-choppa


* or if you could send me one that you know of (link/binary)
P.S. I've tried all the typical "Windows" methods, or at least as many as I could spend time on --- Bart's bootloader for example didn't want to work for me Anyway, just in case someone thinks I'm being lazy, I'm not. Been searching for the past 5 hours for help.
 
Old 02-03-2004, 06:36 AM   #2
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http://www.tux.org/pub/distributions...tart_here.html

this might be a start. I don't know if it supports your PCMCIA card, but it does boot from floppy

you might also try to boot from a bootable CD (if your laptop supports it)
try knoppix or similar
 
Old 02-03-2004, 03:03 PM   #3
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For a floppy boot 'recovery/emergency/utility' resource, I highly recommend 'tomsrtbt' Linux-On-A-Floppy [LOAF]. It includes drivers for many cards and will grab a DHCP address on bootup.

1) Tomsrtbt stands for: "Tom's floppy which has a root filesystem and is also bootable."
2) Design goals: As much stuff as possible on 1 floppy disk, keep it self contained, build under itself, try to make it behave like a normal system rescue and recovery functions get priority

Go to http://www.toms.net/rb/

DOS Utilities are available in the download to create the floppy.

Caveat: You have to like & be somewhat comfortable with the *IX command line. [ mount, ftp, fdisk, cp, df and such ]

Good Luck !
 
  


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