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Old 07-02-2006, 09:56 AM   #1
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Installing Linux - PCMCIA


Sorry if this question has been asked before. I have a Toshiba Libretto 100CT, it is not bootable from CD and the floppy drive is PCMCIA. This means that when I have booted the first floppy it can no longer detect the drive. What is the solution if there is one and what build of Linux would you recommend?

The spec is Pentium 166MHZ, 64MB RAM, 12GB HDD.
Old 07-02-2006, 11:42 AM   #2
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I hate to say it, but your laptop seems a little underpowered. For Red Hat 9 and the Fedora Core distributions, the minimum system requirements are 200 MHz CPU, 128 MB RAM. I managed to get Red Hat 9 installed on a 166 MHz CPU once, and another time I got it to run with only 96 MB RAM. Regardless, a minimum specification computer is going to be excruciatingly slow. You could certainly choose an even earlier distribution, but you will give up all the nice bells and whistles that have been invented since then.

There's a distribution called Damn Small Linux which might fit, but I don't know what applications are packaged with it.

You really can't enter your BIOS setup and make the CD-ROM bootable? I guess it might be possible to load the contents of the Linux installation CDs onto a PCMCIA hard drive and install from that, but it would very likely be a time consuming job because it could easily take several tries to get it right. If you do find a solution, please be sure to post the answer here.
Old 07-02-2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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I know it's going to be an older distro, of course. I just want it running SOMETHING other than Windows 98.


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