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Old 04-02-2004, 01:02 AM   #31
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OK, after some testing i am back at it. Now please excuse the title as I have a network connection on two computers. now I cannot install via external CD rom as BIOS will not boot from USB port or PCMCIA however there is an FDD available by panasonic but i'm not sure which port it uses i think its PCMCIA If that is the case I may be able to accomplish the boot from floppy and then the USB mount as WIN95 will not mount the usb drive so i can't even run anything from it. $80 down the drain.... by the way i purchased an external IDE enclosure and pulled a dvdrom drive out of one of my pc's.


In my travels I have come across the NFS system in slackware instalation proccess. Now, my old ideas have gone out the windows as i never realized that slack kernel will not be able to be transfered from one PC to the other as they have a different configuration. So, I have found the NFS system will install FROM a server, now I am interested in maybe installing Slack on an Xtra HD i have here onto my desktop, booting my laptop in win95 and connecting to the network and installing the Root to the laptop,will that work?? The only think i can find on the slackware.com site is indicating installing FROM a network not TO.

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Old 04-05-2004, 01:18 PM   #32
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Fuhreal,
you are missing the major point about booting from a floppy (its a special linux boot floppy that you make using an existing windows machine using the boot image stuff).

The linux install boot floppy will load the USB subsystem, and allow you to install from the CD ROMS.

I've never played with Slackware, but in Fedora (as in RH), on CD 1 I have the following files

/dosutils/rawrite.exe
/dosutils/rawrite3.doc

/dosutils/rawritewin/rawwritewin.exe
/dosutils/rawritewin/readme.txt

/images/bootdisk.img

there are a number of other files in all of these directories

use either rawrite or rawwritewin to create a boot disk from an existing windows machine with a floppy and cdrom.

Connect your USB CDROM and connect your External Floppy to your notebook

Insert the boot disk that you created into the floppy, and the first CD into the CDROM and power up the notebook.

Assuming it has a standard USB subsystem, and that the machine is configured to boot from floppy (something you may want to ask before you purchase the floppy drive), the floppy drive will boot, it will configure USB and the install proceeds from here.

When you've tried this - please post again and let me know if it worked. Given that I told you to get an external floppy as well as an external CD I don't consider you $80 wasted, I consider it part of an ongoing experiment

Regards
Jo
 
Old 04-18-2004, 10:56 PM   #33
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THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT on my issue, as it stands now i have given up and traded the small panasonic toughbook celeron m300 in, and picked up a Compaq Armada m700 PIII 600mhz for an xtra $300 which would equal a total cost of $550 investment into a nix laptop. Now i have decided to go with the Gentoo Stage 1 install which i will be starting tommorow (monday april 19). I have no real reason to chose it over slackware other than the name seems cool and i've heard its a very "geeky" distro... This laptop can boot from CD rom so i plan to follow the Gentoo install manual and get through it .... thank you again all..
 
Old 05-15-2004, 02:28 AM   #34
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I was thinking of buying one of these laptops. What I was planning to do was to take the 2.5" IDE drive out of the laptop, and use one of those cheap 2.5 to 3.5" IDE adaptors and just install the OS in my PC. Put the drive back into the laptop and voila.

How do you like ours? I wanted to get one with a transflective screen for daylight viewing. Is the screen size too small?

Thanks.
 
Old 05-22-2004, 07:11 PM   #35
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Quote:
Originally posted by Slowster
I was thinking of buying one of these laptops. What I was planning to do was to take the 2.5" IDE drive out of the laptop, and use one of those cheap 2.5 to 3.5" IDE adaptors and just install the OS in my PC. Put the drive back into the laptop and voila.

How do you like ours? I wanted to get one with a transflective screen for daylight viewing. Is the screen size too small?

Thanks.
Well Sloster the one I had was no use to me. I ended up trading it in for a compaq Armada M700 as it has a CD rom drive and i booted the Live GENTOO distro cd, and voila, installed. The Panasonic toughbook needs a drive replicator to boot from a cd or floppy therefor not an option for me. I found a link where a guy took the HD out of his toughbook, connected to a dif toughbook, installed, then voila, but i doubt it would be a good idea to do it from a computer with COMPLETELY different hardware specs, you will probably run into Kernel problems. I could be wrong though. I never went through with it, i chickened out and bought a diff laptop
 
Old 05-22-2004, 07:44 PM   #36
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