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Old 04-22-2008, 10:55 PM   #1
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Unhappy PCMCIA package?

Hello all - I'm extremely new to the world of linux so please be gentle. I think I'm in the right place though.


Trying to do a hard drive install of DSL (damn small linux 4.2.5) on an old IBM Thinkpad 760C for the purposes of turning it into a DPF from this site...

The hardware has a PCMCIA slot and a 1.44 meg floppy drive along with a 2 gig hard drive. There is no previously installed software on it at the moment and I'm not sure about the paritioning and format of the hard drive, pretty sure its FAT16 at teh moment. Anyway, I have an external Argosy PCMCIA 10x cd-rom drive that plugs into the side of the machine but obviously it won't be detected without software (this is how I'm going to load the 50meg DSL linux distro). Which set of PCMCIA drivers do I load and how do I load them?




Or is this the wrong approach? I can't get a floppy image of tomsrtbt because i don't have an old version of windows (true dos) to run in order to make it. I do have a two disk linux rescue thingy that I was able to use to get to a prompt but I'm clueless after that. Do i need to roll my own linux install floppy? If so, how do I do that if I don't have a linux environ to work in? Also, how do i extract files from a .tar.gz file?

One thing that I do know is that whatever PCMCIA drivers that DSL is using also works with the stinkpad. There's a longer story behind that but that's an embarrasing one. I'll tell you later if you really want to know.

Also, i have two working windoze machines from which i can play with, so that should help i hope.

Here's a newb thought I just had...can I just run a non-install version of the lin distro i want in a different machine and make a boot disk from it? If so, how do I do that? That might save me some time with the hard drive install.

last thing - is there a good site (not that lists out all the commands I need to learn in a BASH shell that will

install drivers
un "tar" files
format the hard drive
re-partition the hard drive
do whatever "root" things I need to do

Thanks ahead of time. I know this is easy newb stuff so bear with me...
Old 04-24-2008, 12:09 PM   #3
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Hey thanks for the links, those are very handy! So I am getting a little bit further, now I have more of a theory question than anything else.

So i've made a boot disk for DSL and it loads up fine (did this in windows with rawwrite) but doesn't find my pcmcia card adapter...not sure why, it worked when I had it installed a long time ago but not in the boot disk loading environment...strange. It basically takes me to a very limited shell with few commands. So instead I decided to load up BGrescueLinux and it seems to allow me to do quite a few things. I learned about fdisk from those handy links you gave me and how to setup my hard drive, which I have done, and now I'm looking to get those drivers on here for the pcmcia slot via the tar.gz file (learned what those are too) from the floppy drive (/dev/fd0 right?) . Now, here's where I'm stuck

I can get into the BGrescueLin environment and i can tool around with command prompt, but I can't seem to figure out where my actual hard drive is and HOW to copy things over to it. i know that /dev/hda1 and /dev/hda2 are my hard drive partitions...1 being the 128 meg swap drive and the other being a 1.8 gig primary linux drive. But how is that represented in the temporary BGrescue environment? Everytime I create a new directory or a new folder or something in root ...which I'm assuming is just /, it disappears on reboot. So I know that I'm still not copying things over to the actual physical disk, but I'm baffled as to what it's called in the prompt. BGrescuelin is using something called BusyBox which I have found the website for and I'm using 1.9.2. It's kinda flaky but it works and it's easier to get a hold of than tomsrtbt. Sooo, any pointers here? What am I missing? Thanks again though ehawk, good stuff!


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