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Old 05-14-2008, 03:22 AM   #1
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Exclamation Installing Linux from CD-rom and Boot Floppy.


Ok a little back story is needed to understand what I am trying to do.
I have a Panasonic ToughBook CF-27 (300Mhz and 192Mb of ram) It has no CD-rom, just a Floppy Disk Drive,
I have a PCMCIA and a USB CD-rom but the Bios only lets me boot from HD or Floppy, I have checked and the
Bios is up to date.
Now my Question is How would I go about making a Floppy that I can boot from to then run a Live CD or Install the
OS from USB or PCMCIA? I am trying to find/make a boot floppy that its not Distro Specific as I dont want
to make a new disk evertime I want to boot or Install a new OS.

any advice or comments would be great thanks.
 
Old 05-14-2008, 03:52 AM   #2
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For just getting a linux prompt you could use tomsrtbt or similar boot disks. I'm not sure if you could install another distro this way - I rather think it won't work because for the installers I know of you need to boot their exact kernel.

You could always just install Slackware - releases up to 10.2 still include bootdisks.
 
Old 05-14-2008, 03:58 AM   #3
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If you're networked you could do RH/Fedora once you can get it booted
 
Old 05-14-2008, 04:11 AM   #4
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I believe that people have worked on getting Puppy Linux to work on older machines with limited booting options. Here are some links to info/discussion about Wakepup http://www.puppylinux.com/hard-puppy.htm
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=19831
I've never used it so I'm not sure if it is the answer to your problem, but it might be worth a look if you want to try Puppy.
 
Old 05-14-2008, 12:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for the Quick Replays.

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For just getting a linux prompt you could use tomsrtbt or similar boot disks. I'm not sure if you could install another distro this way - I rather think it won't work because for the installers I know of you need to boot their exact kernel.

You could always just install Slackware - releases up to 10.2 still include bootdisks.
I have read a file on using tomsrtbt to do a Install (it was after I popsted this) I have gotten OpenSuSe 10.3 running, by Dual Booting with Windows 2000 pro. but dont like OpenSuse to much. but it look like tomsrtbt is the way I am going to have to go.

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I believe that people have worked on getting Puppy Linux to work on older machines with limited booting options. Here are some links to info/discussion about Wakepup http://www.puppylinux.com/hard-puppy.htm
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=19831
I've never used it so I'm not sure if it is the answer to your problem, but it might be worth a look if you want to try Puppy.
Honeysuckle, Thanks for this links this is a step into the direction, I have tryed Puppy in the past and am sad to say I am not a big fan.
but the links were usefully none the less.

I think I am a Distro Snob, I install a Distro and 95% of the time I am not happy with it, there is some small little thing that I dont like so I try another, the only problem is I am running out of Floppy disks and they are getting hard to find in stores. (Walmart is the only place in my area that still sells them)
 
Old 05-14-2008, 12:50 PM   #6
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I think I am a Distro Snob, I install a Distro and 95% of the time I am not happy with it, there is some small little thing that I dont like so I try another
I think that is a side effect of having so much choice, instead of sticking with something and trying to adapt it, you can search for something different, hoping for something better....
If you've got Windows on your machine, you can use grubforDOS hooked into the Windows bootloader. There are instructions for Puppy(which you don't want), but also for Knoppix (if you haven't tried that) at http://www.icpug.org.uk/national/lin...00-linnwin.htm
(This works in Win2000, it's the same as for XP)
 
Old 05-14-2008, 05:33 PM   #7
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Keep looking on the web. I know I already saw a how to on that.

Might consider umsdos also. I have never tried qemu but it might even work. Depends on the OS now but loadlin and a few others can kick out the ms command.com from ram and restart linux.
 
Old 05-15-2008, 03:26 AM   #8
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I think that is a side effect of having so much choice, instead of sticking with something and trying to adapt it, you can search for something different, hoping for something better....
LOL yeah I think thats the case, But I think that I found a Distro (Ultima Linux) that I like after playing with over 20 different distros (god I am so happy I have VMware on my desktop to tryout different distros and didn't have to burn them) But it only boots from CD, so I still need to Make/Find a Boot Disk. As the Distro does not have one.

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Keep looking on the web. I know I already saw a how to on that.
I did too, thats where I got the Idea from, but I lost the URL, I was kinda hopping someone would have it.
 
  


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