Hello all - I'm extremely new to the world of linux so please be gentle. I think I'm in the right place though.
Trying to do a hard drive install of DSL (damn small linux 4.2.5) on an old IBM Thinkpad 760C for the purposes of turning it into a DPF from this site...
The hardware has a PCMCIA slot and a 1.44 meg floppy drive along with a 2 gig hard drive. There is no previously installed software on it at the moment and I'm not sure about the paritioning and format of the hard drive, pretty sure its FAT16 at teh moment. Anyway, I have an external Argosy PCMCIA 10x cd-rom drive that plugs into the side of the machine but obviously it won't be detected without software (this is how I'm going to load the 50meg DSL linux distro). Which set of PCMCIA drivers do I load and how do I load them?
Or is this the wrong approach? I can't get a floppy image of tomsrtbt because i don't have an old version of windows (true dos) to run in order to make it. I do have a two disk linux rescue thingy that I was able to use to get to a prompt but I'm clueless after that. Do i need to roll my own linux install floppy? If so, how do I do that if I don't have a linux environ to work in? Also, how do i extract files from a .tar.gz file?
One thing that I do know is that whatever PCMCIA drivers that DSL is using also works with the stinkpad. There's a longer story behind that but that's an embarrasing one. I'll tell you later if you really want to know.
Also, i have two working windoze machines from which i can play with, so that should help i hope.
Here's a newb thought I just had...can I just run a non-install version of the lin distro i want in a different machine and make a boot disk from it? If so, how do I do that? That might save me some time with the hard drive install.
last thing - is there a good site (not linux.google) that lists out all the commands I need to learn in a BASH shell that will
un "tar" files
format the hard drive
re-partition the hard drive
do whatever "root" things I need to do
Thanks ahead of time. I know this is easy newb stuff so bear with me...