And after re-reading your post I am even MORE in the same boat as you. I've got 2 other computers, floppies all dead, so no chance of creating boot floppies in them. The difference is I've got a working (yeah, right
) 98SE install that I am using to create all my boot floppies on the laptop with (btw, my laptop is a Canon INNOVA book 475CDS: P 100mhz, 32MB RAM, and that's about it...
I spent 30 bux today on a NIC for the bad boy which is 10 dollars more than I paid yesterday for the entire laptop WITH 56K modem! What a deal... ).
Wow I can sure ramble sometimes eh?
Anyway, here's what I am doing if this helps at all:
I'm using the slackware-current rawrite and the bootdisk bare.i and the rootdisk install.1 install.2 and pcmcia.dsk (required for lappy's). Rawrite basically will prompt you for the images, point it to them, hit enter, point it to your floppy drive (with a floppy in it) hit enter, swap floppies for each image.
From there, boot up with the "bare.i" floppy, when prompted insert the next disc which is install.1 Then install.2 and finally pcmcia. At the prompt when you are finally greeted and login as root, immediately after that (before you type setup or ANYTHING) type pcmcia and hit enter. I'm not there quite yet, but those are what I've dug up so far. At that point I plan on using the (hopefully) working NIC connection to install Gentoo (shh don't tell slack, but I just wanna see what compile time is like on something like this).