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Old 11-13-2003, 11:35 AM   #1
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HP Omnibook Network Install Problems

I am attempting to do a network install onto an HP Omnibook 800CT. This particular laptop has a P166 w/MMX, 80 MB of RAM, 3-4 GB HDD, and that's about it. I recently bought a PCMCIA NIC for it (Belkin F5D5020). I have made the boot disks for RedHat 9 and tried to do the network install but everytime I tell the installer what kind of network card I have (using pcnet_cs) the installer crashes. Upon checking other terminals (Alt+F3, Alt+F4) it says something about not finding a file or something. The reason I am trying a network install is 1) It's cool! 2) I don't have a CD-ROM. Actually I do have a CD-ROM but it is SCSI. It is designed to hook up to the SCSI port on the docking station but I don't have the cable and I would much rather pay $30 for a new network card than $50 for a stupid SCSI cable. Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions or comments or anything that would be great.


P.S. I have read pretty much everything I can find about this laptop on the various linux-laptop websites. I know it's possible but I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Don't flame me for not having the exact error message...I'm at work right now.
Old 05-27-2004, 02:11 PM   #2
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im not too sure.. but do you have a pcmcia driver loaded?? Im not sure but I think you need that loaded before the network card will work.


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