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Old 08-11-2003, 10:26 PM   #1
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Debian net install on a toshiba laptop

Hey, hope someone can help, i have a toshiba tecra 550cdt, with a netgear pcmcia network card ( uses the tulip driver i think ) anyway i downloaded the Debian netinstall boot cd, go through the install process, when i tell it to configure pcmcia, it works fine, my pcmcia card network activity lights come on and it beeps a few times, everything looks good, so then i have to set up the network parameters so i can do a net install, well i get all the way through the net config, but the last question is something about setting the card to 10baseT or auto or blank or 10baseT2. once i choose one, the computer acts like its about to go back to the configuration screen so i can carry on, but then it just freezes.
Hope this isnt to terribly long, any help will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Old 09-09-2003, 04:29 PM   #2
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Toshiba laptops dont really like PCMCIA and linux. you should probably try disabling pcmcia until you are fully installed, then turn it back on and try to set up your card.
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Disabling the pcmcia-networkcard?
Isn't he trying to use that very same device to connect to the 'net?

Come to think of it ; I need to dig up me old Tecra 800cdt craptop to rig it with Linux.
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well i got around that problem, the funny thing is, i finally got it to set up and recognize the pcmcia network card, connect to the net and download the base kernel, and install. THEN, when it rebooted and started to go into the advance config, i noticed that it didnt bring up the network interface, and couldnt connect to the net to finish the install. One problem is that linux trys to bring up the eth0 connection before it trys to bring up the pcmcia services. BUT if you install other distros from cd ( redhat, mandrake etc...) it will do the same thing, it trys to start eth0 then it fails, then it starts pcmcia services, but then it will see your network interface and start eth0 after that automatically.
So i never got the net install of debian done, but i did load Red hat 9 on it, and it works fine;


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