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Old 09-10-2003, 08:33 AM   #1
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Question Crapy laptop! can i get linux on it?

Hey, today i got the wrolds worst laptop without a cd-rom drive and dos is mucked. I mean its like 10 years old or maybe 6.
But how can i get linux on it?
Old 09-10-2003, 08:46 AM   #2
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Depends on what distro you want to install. There are plenty of light disk-distros (1 or 2 disks), like alphalinux or coyote and many more.

After you install one of those distros and you configure your network card, you could install another distro over the net.

However, if your laptop doesn't have a cd-rom I'm guessing it doesn't have too much MB in it either, and that could be a problem if you want to run a window manager.

Maybe you should post some more info - type, CPU, MB,...
Old 09-11-2003, 05:00 PM   #3
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If its got a floppy and a pcmcia port, you can try a network installation of RedHat, Debian, SuSe... and I think even Mandrake with a decent internet connection. There are images for boot floppies in the /boot directory of SuSe and RH at any given ftp mirror. Write the floppy, and maybe one more for additional pcmcia support (the README.txts will tell you), with rawrite (provided there also), and that should start you off.


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You could give zipslack a shot.
It can be built up into a full system, you will need to download a lot of files.
Old 09-12-2003, 03:32 PM   #5
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no cdrom is not that much or a problem!


Believe me, a builtin CDROM is nice, but by no means needed!

My first laptop was an IBM Thinkpad 560, no CDROM. It was a
great learning experience for me, as I was new to LINUXthen , but
well-versed in UNIX. Even with 24MB of RAM and a 100Mhz
CPU, I had enlightenment 16 and a ton of cool stuff on it.

In any case, if you still need help, post what type of machine it
is, and check out

Happy Linuxing, John
Old 09-12-2003, 03:34 PM   #6
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Yup. Been there as well. My first laptop was an old gateway p133 with no CDROM, just a floppy and DOS. Managed to get Peanut linux on it and it ran great with blackbox (32 megs of RAM).


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