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Old 07-13-2006, 11:15 AM   #1
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Looking For an Alternative Install Method to CDs/Thumb Drives

I aquired a Toshiba Tecrca 750CDM (detailed specs). It's has a 233 MHz Pentium Processor with MMX, 64MB RAM, 4.7GB hard drive and a 1.44MB floppy drive. I also have a 10Mb PCMCIA network card.

Looking through the BIOS I see no option to boot from a USB drive. So, I'm trying to figure how to get DSL installed via other methods.

I decided to go with DSL because it's small and lightweight -- it seems perfect for this type of older hardware, but without a optical drive or the ability to boot from USB devices I'm at a loss for installation. Any thoughts?
Old 07-13-2006, 06:56 PM   #2
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search for linux boot disks with network drivers on google. Once the network drivers get loaded, you can install over the internet.
Old 08-12-2006, 10:32 AM   #3
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If all ELSE Fails.... (and I do mean everything else...)

Get a reducer that will allow you to hook the HD in your lappy to a desktop machine. (3.5 to 2.5) Doing this will will be able to format the lappy drive and get DSL installed on it.

I normally wouldn't recommend this, but I was able to get this installed on a 2GB HD for my 133MHz PI with 16 MB RAM lappy with NO CD, USB, or functional floppy.

this computer is running constantly and actually runs faster now than when it had winblows on it.

Old 08-25-2006, 09:59 PM   #4
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if you have a usb port and want to run from a pen you can download the usb boot floppy from dsl site and use the boot floppy to boot the pen. you may have to run xsetup at boot if you install to pen on another machine... you may want a swap file... hope that helps

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