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Old 08-22-2006, 04:57 AM   #1
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Arrow Installing Linux without CD-Rom

Hello you linux wizards,

I have an old IBM ThinkPad T20 and wish to install a linux Distro on it.
My main obstacles are:
1. I'm new to the linux community
2. My laptop does not have a CD-Rom drive

I do have a working WIN2K OS already installed and an external CD-Rom and Floppy.
In addition I have an internet connection via a desktop computer running WindowsXP.

Any suggestions? Directions? anything?

Thx in advanced, dagankfi
Old 08-22-2006, 05:31 AM   #2
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there are a lot of linux installation alternatives and
that is what i like about linux.i also have problem
about my cdrom so i tried network installation via NFS
for me NFS is the best installation method because it
doesnt scratch your cd's i hope this helps| 3



network install<br />

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Old 08-23-2006, 04:32 PM   #3
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux-Newbie and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves. It's a technical question, so it's better in a more technicla forum than Member Intro.

Installation from hard drive may looks like a good option in your case. Check if the distro you choose supports it, however (not all have it).
Old 08-24-2006, 12:41 AM   #4
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I've never used an external CD-ROM, but that doesn't work for you with an installation CD?
Old 08-28-2006, 10:50 AM   #5
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Thx all,

No ehawk, not for me anyway. But I managed to find a temporary cd-rom drive for a few days and plan to seize the opportunity!

Again thx for helping, dagankfi
Old 08-28-2006, 08:33 PM   #6
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floppy only install

It's still possible to install from floppies, the potato release of Debian; did it in '04 or a Armada 7400 with Avaya wi-fi, onto a hitachi hard disk

start with root and boot floppies, and then it sweetly asks for the 4 driver floppies, which then inquires about formatting your Hard drive; and then fires up your network for use for the remaining download.. then it is easy to upgrade to the latest distro..

Just for the record...

Old 08-29-2006, 11:35 AM   #7
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But why not do floppy install with latest distro right off the bat?
Old 08-29-2006, 12:37 PM   #8
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Latest distro wouldn't recognize my EIDE controller, I think they removed some old drivers from it.. so It wouldn't partition my new Hitachi Hard Disk, but, you might try it first to skip a step.


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