LinuxQuestions.org
Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 06-12-2006, 08:43 PM   #1
FlyingBishop
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2006
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
Installing without a working CD drive


I've got an older computer, 64mb ram, 486 mhz processor, 8.4 gig hard drive. For the most part it works decently, but the CD drive doesn't. It currently runs windows 98, and is at the point where I really need to reformat and reinstall. Other than the CD drive thing, it seems like a good computer to try linux on for the first time. I've got two computers running windows (that my parents won't let me screw with.) I've got four zip disks and a serial zip drive, so I can freely transfer stuff through that, but I'd rather not transfer more than the 400mb I can get in one trip with those. The computer also has a floppy drive and a nic card. Any ideas on how to set up without a CD drive?
 
Old 06-12-2006, 09:21 PM   #2
DrOzz
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Distribution: slackware
Posts: 4,185

Rep: Reputation: 59
you can try a floppy distro Since you didn't specify you wanted to try something specific, this is my first answer :P

Here you can find a list of some
 
Old 06-12-2006, 09:21 PM   #3
Emerson
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Saint Amant, Acadiana
Distribution: Gentoo ~arch
Posts: 5,882

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Welcome to LQ!

Your computer has a NIC. If you have a broadband internet connection you can install from floppy. It's called netinstall, all necessary software is downloaded during install. At least Debian has install floppies available, not sure about other distros.
 
Old 07-20-2006, 02:24 PM   #4
FlyingBishop
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2006
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
I've settled on Slackware, and I want to try an install via NFS, but I don't have another linux box to do it from. There don't seem to be any good open source NFS systems for windows, so I'm kind of stuck on what to use. Samba, from what I understand, requires more data than will fit on a floppy to set up. Could I use a live CD on my windows computer, and pull the ISOs off the HD?
 
Old 07-20-2006, 04:23 PM   #5
bosewicht
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Honolulu, HI
Distribution: Arch
Posts: 1,380

Rep: Reputation: 47
why don't u swap hard drives, install slack, then put it back in the other computer??
 
Old 07-20-2006, 05:12 PM   #6
FlyingBishop
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2006
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Warranty on the newer PC. My parents would be most displeased.
 
Old 07-20-2006, 08:37 PM   #7
lazyFoot_theMighty
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: Canberra Australia
Posts: 28

Rep: Reputation: 16
Id try the live CD. I found that very few problems can't be solved with a live CD .

Last edited by lazyFoot_theMighty; 07-20-2006 at 09:07 PM.
 
Old 07-21-2006, 12:47 PM   #8
FlyingBishop
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jun 2006
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Ideas on a floppy distro that can set up NFS? (And a live CD that would be compatible?)
 
Old 07-21-2006, 01:37 PM   #9
AwesomeMachine
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: USA and Italy
Distribution: Debian testing/sid; OpenSuSE; Fedora
Posts: 1,927

Rep: Reputation: 280Reputation: 280Reputation: 280
Not NFS

Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyingBishop
Ideas on a floppy distro that can set up NFS? (And a live CD that would be compatible?)
You don't want to use NFS. First of all, if you install Debian, you'll need to download 15,000 packages, only a fraction of which you will actually use. You want to install by FTP, or HTTP. The linux kernel has networking built right in. Look on http://www.google.com for how to install Debian from a floppy. With the hardware you have you would probably want to install a text based system, because a 486 isn't enough to run a gui desktop in linux. You might need to make more than one floppy. There might be a floppy set. The other thing you could do is buy a working CD drive for $40.00, or however much it is. They aren't very expensive. The other thing you can do is use a live CD for you operating system.
 
Old 07-21-2006, 02:19 PM   #10
IceChant
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Israel
Distribution: Windows Xp, Slackware
Posts: 316
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 30
You can try ZipSlack, check the Slackware website.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Installing Mandriva 2006 - Hangs installing hard drive controller nvidia mcp04 sata DanielJPayne Mandriva 7 01-19-2006 02:15 AM
After Online update: Hard drive working and working dacosta SUSE / openSUSE 6 11-06-2004 12:14 AM
Installing SuSE on an external FireWire drive: YaST can't edit partitions on drive kivimaki Linux - Distributions 2 09-13-2004 08:52 PM
after installing USB CD-RW drive linux Xserver is not working scha6645 Linux - Hardware 2 07-18-2004 10:04 PM
cd-rom drive working in knoppix Hard drive installation dj_dubbbz Linux - Newbie 5 03-02-2004 10:58 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:56 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration