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Old 09-04-2002, 09:48 PM   #1
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Re: Loading OS via remote CD-rom


Hello Everyone,
I have a laptop with no CD-rom. What I want to do is load an operating system from a client on a network with a CD-rom. I assume I have to initialise the hardware on the laptop first, then access the CD-rom via the network. Firstly, how do I make a boot floppy for the laptop that initialises the PCMCIA ethernet card, then, how do I connect to the CD-rom accross the network?

TIA

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Old 09-04-2002, 11:47 PM   #2
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you need the pcmcia.img image on the floppy, you can use rawrite to make the floppy in windows or dd in linux


then you need a server.

windows can be an http server using pws. that's the easiest way with windows. or if you have windows 2000 pro, nt server , xp pro you could also use the ftp server


or if you have linux you can use it as a server for http, ftp, or nfs
 
Old 09-04-2002, 11:51 PM   #3
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setup the laptop ip static if you do not have a dhcp server on the network

be sure to set the laptop's ip to be on the same network as your server.


setup the server to share the cdrom on http://serverip/name

then start network install
for server name just use the servers ip
access the cdrom by the name

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Old 09-05-2002, 05:02 PM   #4
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thanks for that. I did a rawrite on pcmcia.img and bootnet.img, but after the kernel has loaded, the laptop says:

running install....
running /sbin/loader
install exited abnormally - recieved signal 11

I tried the disks on another machine, and it went through OK!

Any ideas what might be causing this?

TIA

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Old 09-05-2002, 06:14 PM   #5
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Ok, I tried an older version of pcmcia.img and it worked ok with my old laptop. Thanks for your help David.

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Old 09-05-2002, 09:44 PM   #6
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Glad you got it

Post the versions and the laptop if you have time.

Sounds like some useful info.
 
Old 09-05-2002, 10:07 PM   #7
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I have a
100CS Toshiba laptop
Xircom CreditCard ethernet adapter
40MB ram
RH 7.2 pcmcia.img bootable floppy
RH 7.2 pcmciadd.img bootable floppy

now the problem is that when I load the pcmcia.img floppy, it boots OK, but then it asks for a driver for the pcmcia card, which I asume is on the other CD, but when I go to load it, I recieve no confirmation or warning, and it asks for the bootable images, but only has a hard-disk option. I didn't even get to give it an IP or mask!

What am I doing wrong? Where do I get the drivers to initialise the PCMCIA card and connect to the NFS daemon on the server?

Please help

TIA

prac2
 
Old 09-05-2002, 10:38 PM   #8
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I believe that card is unsupported

If it is properly detected then after booting with the pcmcia.img you will get a menu to select NFS, FTP, HTTP, CDROM, or Hard disk

search for your card to see if anything new on it has come out
 
Old 09-05-2002, 10:42 PM   #9
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Alt-F3 should give you more info
 
  


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