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Old 09-16-2003, 03:48 PM   #1
Gizm0
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installing SUSE linux on an oldish laptop, urgent help needed.


hey guys i used to run suse linux on my desktop pc (8.2 proffesional) that i brought and it worked fine on my desktop, im tryin to install it on my laptop an old laptop with 32 meg ram 2 gig hard drive and a pentium processor n e ways i made a boot disk in windows 95 (which was already on the laptop) i changed my bios/system settings so that it will boot off the floppy disk as there no option for booting off the cd. the linux kernel loads slowly and gets up to 49% it then asks for disk 1 module, which is cd 1 i assume, this is already inserted and the cd drive reads perfectly fine in windows, i press ok and i get an I/O error saying "could not find ram disk image: initrd" please can anyone help me? im desperate even if its just to say, it doesnt work because [reason] and you cant fix it. Thanx in advance, Giz
 
Old 09-16-2003, 04:04 PM   #2
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actually, it should be another floppy. you need to make 2, a boot and a module disk.
 
Old 09-16-2003, 04:06 PM   #3
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thanx for ur help i'll see wot i can find
 
Old 09-16-2003, 04:06 PM   #4
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http://sdb.suse.de/sdb/en/html/swieg...iskette80.html
 
Old 09-16-2003, 04:06 PM   #5
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What you are saying is that you cannot have a CD and floppy drive in at the same time on the laptop. I am not sure if this will work, but at work I had an old IBM laptop someone brought in. It's setup was the sam as your. It had a floppy disk with the cd drivers on it. Once the CD drivers where installed via the floppy drive, I shutdown put the CD drive in and rebooted. This gave me access to the CDROM. I have not used newer version of Suse, but in Mandrake and Debian, the is a file named (I think) autorun.bat or install.bat. If you are at a DOS prompt and execute that file it ran the install as if you booted from the CD. If Suse does not have this script on the CD let me know and I'll mail you a copy. I am sure that it will work, though you might have to edit it a little.
 
  


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