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wakeboarder3780 10-04-2006 10:14 AM

Laptop Network boot and Slackware question
 
I have a Dell Latitude CS I received from a guy at work. It no longer boots the OS (Win 2k) it just hangs at the loading screen. The laptop has no cd / floppy drive. It has one usb port but no boot from usb option. So my only option is booting from network.

I have a junker computer I can set up with any distro. A friend of mine has tried to discourage me from attempting to put slackware on this laptop (He is an avid slackware user so it's not that he doesnt like the distro) claiming I will most likely have lots of problems and it would be much better to go with ubuntu.

Question 1.) Has anyone successfully installed slack on a laptop of this kind or a similar version?

Question 2.) What distro should I put on the junker computer and any clues as to how to set it up for what I plan on doing?

Thanks in advance for the read and any help you may contribute.

tangle 10-04-2006 11:47 AM

I have never done a network install. So I am not help there.

I looked at the specs of the laptop and I do not see any reason why an out of the box install should not work. I have installed Slackware on 4 laptops and it worked great, other than I had to work on the NIC. Which I had to do with Fedora, Suse and such. If you use Slackware 11 and the huge26.s kernel, it should pic up any hardware you have.

I am not sure what CPU you have or the amount of memory. But KDE will likely run slow, I would suggest Fluxbox of xfce for a dekstop.

Alien Bob 10-04-2006 12:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wakeboarder3780
The laptop has no cd / floppy drive. It has one usb port but no boot from usb option. So my only option is booting from network.

Instructions on how to setup a server to allow network boots and installs: http://alien.slackbook.org/dokuwiki/...=slackware:pxe

The stuff you need can be downloaded from http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackboot/pxe/ but if you have Slackware 11.0 CD 5 or the DVD, it is in the /miniiso-pxe-usb-installers/pxe/ directory too.

Eric

wakeboarder3780 10-04-2006 04:12 PM

Oh awesome, that's a ton of information. I will be reading this tonight, If I have any extra questions I will be sure to post. Thank you so much!


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