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Old 01-30-2004, 09:31 AM   #1
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Debian on a Toshiba 430CDS


I'm a complete newbie so i'm gonne be roaming this site for info plenty of times in the next few weeks, just thought id start a thread to relay my experiences to you for future use perhaps

I've been given a Toshiba 430CDS, and I thought it'd be nice to try and see if I can get it to run as a linux print server in our little home network

Firstly I had to find a suitable linux distro to use, after having a read around I decided upon Debian, as it seemed to be the only one that I not only had heard of but that would also actually fit on the rather small 1.2G Hard Drive.

I had a go at trying to run Knoppix off the CD-drive first, which worked fine, albeit very slow.
After I had sorted out my home-network for our 2 pc's I downloaded the first Debian CD and tried to install Debian on the empty-bt-formatted HD.

Which caused problem #1, it wouldn't load from CD...

So I was subsequently forced to revert to floppys to install the whole base system from...
After this was done it did actually find the CD and I was able to install all the further packages without major issues, apart from an error when installing the PCMCIA card.

This was of course not good news as the 430 doest have USB nor onboard LAN so I was relying on the 2 PCMCIA slots to use as interface to connect the laptop to the network and the (USB) printer with..

Also the sound doesnt seem to work yet and the screen won't display anything better then 640*480 at 16bit yet. So many more hours of play to come...

Will try to keep ya'll posted, please do let me know of any suggestions how to solve my problems!

Old 02-02-2004, 07:51 AM   #2
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further attempts

to get things working, after my PCMCIA LAN card has arrived. didnt want to fit at first so i had to do a bit of fiddling with it but it's in the right slot at last!

Of course now it wont recognize it, so i had to go into modconf to load the right modules. Obviously none of the modeules provided looked anywhere like the one i was loing for, so i just installed some of the one's that atleast looked promising.. still no go though, it just doesnt seem to find the PCMCIA card, even though the cardmngr is loaded...

anyone got any ideas?
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no news just yet, still working on getting the PCMCIA stuff to work....


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