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Old 09-05-2003, 12:17 AM   #1
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Question Need install help for old laptop CTX-Notebook


I've been trying to find a good post to help me out but havenít had any luck with anything
pertaining to my situation...

I have also looked at and couldnít find anything to help me.

SoÖ I have a CTX Ezbook 700 Series and Iím trying to install RedHat 9.0.93 (Severn) on it.
I downloaded the isoís and burned an image to CD.
My laptop has the minimum requirements...
64mg Ram
2gig HD
20X CDRom that uses TEAC drivers.

Currently there are no partitions and no OS on the Laptop.

I was able to put a RedHat boot disk in but the drivers for the CDRom were missing so I put in an old 95Boot diskÖ

The 95Boot disk installed the proper drivers for the CDRom but now I donít know what to do.

I deleted all partitions and now the Redhat boot disk doesnít work.

What would be my first move starting from scratch like this and having CDRom driver issues?

Please be explicitÖ Iím fairly new with linux and just learning about manual install methods as apposed to an easy install from a CDRom.



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Old 09-05-2003, 12:40 AM   #2
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Iso's are image files and must be burnt as such. Read your burning software's help or search google for instructions on how to burn images to CD.

Make sure you got good downloads by checking the md5sum.

How To Check MD5sums On A Linux Iso Image
# Cheap CDs
Discount Linux CDs
Linux Central
Os Heaven

Does that machine meet the minimum hardware requirements for Red Hat 10 beta?

Red Hat Linux Manuals

Last edited by fancypiper; 09-05-2003 at 12:47 AM.
Old 09-05-2003, 01:28 PM   #3
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md5sum checks out good on the downloaded disk.

I got the redhat install disk to work but it can't see the cdrom.

Any suggestions?


Old 09-18-2003, 03:33 PM   #4
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I thought I was the only person in the world using a CTX - 700 laptop and attempting to load and use Linux.

I have a 700G.

You can do it on the standard 2 gig HD and 32 meg memory but the experience may put you off a little because of the length of time to load. If it is just for the learning experience it should work fine.

You will have to do a fairly lean install to get enough on the system to make it useful.

I had a few spare bucks and upgraded to a 20 gig HD and 128 megs of memory - made alot of difference.

I would recommend getting Mandrake 9.1 as it is easier for newb's. Hardware detection has improved immensely over the last two years.

Two notes: because of age, the system did not detect my video card(vesa) or the sound card (ISA). I had to set those up manually.

Hope some of this helps.


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