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install linux without floppy and cdrom

I have an very old Fujitsu S-series notebook.
It does not have internal floppy and cdrom,
just has expanson slots (Fujitsu proprietary) for floppy and cdrom
but I lose both floppy and cdrom drives.

Now the question is how can I install linux without floppy and cdrom?
I know I can install via network, but how can I boot it firstly?

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bolero92 (33)
1/4/2005 1:00:47 PM
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bolero92@yahoo.com schrieb:
> I have an very old Fujitsu S-series notebook.
> It does not have internal floppy and cdrom,
> just has expanson slots (Fujitsu proprietary) for floppy and cdrom
> but I lose both floppy and cdrom drives.
> 
> Now the question is how can I install linux without floppy and cdrom?
> I know I can install via network, but how can I boot it firstly?
> 

Do you have still an operating system on the Fujitsu? Do you have LAN/ 
internet-access? Or is it possible to get the necessary data transfered 
over the parallel port? Do you have the software for that already on the 
fujitsu?

If your answer is no, then you may try to open the notebook, unplug the 
harddisk, buy an 2,5"-HDD-adapter for a desktop-computer, plug the HDD 
in there and install linux from the cd of that machine. I did this with 
success with several compaq contura aero laptops which also don't have a 
cd or floppy. There still may be difficulties like disk-geometry, so 
perhaps you need additional advice.

Good luck!
Uli
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1/4/2005 3:10:36 PM
On Tue, 04 Jan 2005 05:00:47 -0800, bolero92 wrote:

> I have an very old Fujitsu S-series notebook.
> It does not have internal floppy and cdrom,
> just has expanson slots (Fujitsu proprietary) for floppy and cdrom
> but I lose both floppy and cdrom drives.

....

You may find different installation methods for your laptop in the
Linux-Mobile-Guide

    http://tuxmobil.org/howtos.html

    Werner

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Werner
1/5/2005 7:54:14 PM
>>>bolero92@yahoo.com   4 Jan 2005 05:00:47 -0800>>>

> Now the question is how can I install linux without floppy and cdrom?
> I know I can install via network, but how can I boot it firstly?
> 

Assuming you have that other OS already on the machine, use the tools
available to you to create a small partition for Linux. Copy Zipslack
into that partition. Copy loadlin to the MS partition. Use loadlin to
boot Zipslack. Then prepare your strategy to blow away the MS partition
for a full Linux installation.

http://www.slackware.com/zipslack/install.php

That's the fun way. The boring way is to pull the drive and stick it in
somebody else's laptop with a CDROM. This requires one little philips
screwdriver usually.

hth
dan

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danm
1/6/2005 10:07:18 PM
bolero92@yahoo.com wrote:

> I have an very old Fujitsu S-series notebook.
> It does not have internal floppy and cdrom,
> just has expanson slots (Fujitsu proprietary) for floppy and cdrom
> but I lose both floppy and cdrom drives.
> 
> Now the question is how can I install linux without floppy and cdrom?
> I know I can install via network, but how can I boot it firstly?

Some distros can do a remote install after booting from a floppy.  Perhaps
you could use the floppy image, to create a small bootable partition, to do
the same thing?

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James
1/8/2005 10:42:49 PM
 >bolero92@yahoo.com wrote:

 >> Now the question is how can I install linux without floppy and cdrom?
 >> I know I can install via network, but how can I boot it firstly?

Google around for loadlin.exe.

Slackware includes loadlin.exe on it's distribution cds.

loadlin lets you boot a linux kernel while running on Winblows.  Back
in the Win98 days I used DJGPP's sync.exe to flush write cache before
running loadlin & had no problems screwing up vfat partitions.  Might
still work under Win2k/WinXP.

Need to repartion an NTFS drive?  Check http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net.

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1/9/2005 9:08:05 PM
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