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Old 08-29-2007, 08:39 PM   #1
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linux on external. what dive is it?

Ok so i have 2 laptops. 1 is a:

xp pro
basically a new laptop

the other is:

toshiba satellite 400cs pro
166 MHz
64 MB
4gb hdd
no usb
no cdrom

what i am trying to do is get linux on the old laptop. the 4gb hdd is empty and i have it hooked up through usb to my new computer. i want to be able to put linux on it but i dont know how. when i tried using slakware or a usb version of dsl i was not sure which harddrive to install onto. when i tried it using dsl i installed it onto the wrong harddrive. i want to install it on the external so i can use that as my internal for my old lappy. when given the choice of which harddrive to install it on i had no way to tell the difference between my external or internal. there was no way to see the size of the hdd either. any help or direction would be leet!
Old 08-29-2007, 11:17 PM   #2
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Usually the installation process has an option to start a command shell to let you snoop around the system.

Then if you scroll through the output of the 'dmesg' command (run 'dmesg | less', and hit the spacebar to scroll) you should see messages about the USB drive getting configured and its device name (/dev/sdb or whatever).

Otherwise you could try disabling the built-in HD in the BIOS before booting the linux installer. I'm not completely sure this will stop it showing up as an option.

You may have to edit the boot configuration (in file /etc/lilo or the GRUB equivalent) to get the disk to boot back in the old PC. Not sure.

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Old 08-30-2007, 01:23 AM   #3
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there was no way to see the size of the hdd either.
(c)fdisk will tell you.
Old 08-30-2007, 03:10 AM   #4
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well i figured out how to install it. i went to terminal then typed in "mount". from there i lloked for the disk drive that was empty. apps>too>install to hdd.

it turns out the old computer doesnt like dsl.

time to get slak 7.1


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