[Linux4christians] old laptop
michael at hipp.com
Mon Jun 19 18:15:57 EDT 2006
> From: "steven rowland" <spiff_s50 at hotmail.com>
> my cousin bought an old dell latitude laptop. it has some strange hacked
> version of dos (doesn't follow normal commands) on it. it came with the
> floppy drive which it recognizes. they bought a refurbished cdrom drive for
> it, which the bios does not recognize. it was designed for windows 95. i
> want to install feather or puppy linux on it, but i can't boot from cdcan
> any one think of a way that i can get the laptop to see the cdrom?could
> installing a minimal command line linux by floppy help?thank you for your
> helpsteven rowland
Lots of machines of this vintage didn't have the ability to boot from cd under any circumstances.
I've used a Win98se boot floppy before as a way to make sure the cd works and get access to it. Lots of distros used to have a batch file and dos executable that would then allow you to install the distro from within dos or even windows. I don't remember what the dos executable was called but it used to be a common feature of many distros. Last time I did this was on Red Hat Linux 9. Quite a long time ago, but surely the tools to do such are still around?
Anyone remember more specifically what I'm talking about?
Sorry I can't be more help,
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