[NBLUG/talk] How Low Can We Go?

Stephen Cilley hydro_mancer at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 19 08:00:43 PDT 2006

Sorry, yes, 3.5, my mind kept going to 5 1/4 and then
me telling my mind it was wrong.
The only piece of networking hardware it has on it is
a dialup modem, so this should be fun.
I don't even know what a null modem is.  There are
three ports on the back, a serial, a parallel, and
then one thing I have never seen before in my life
which has two rows of seperated pins, it's very odd
Anyway, I think I'm going to have to use some floppy
based install, because the rest seems a little over my

Thank You,

--- Lincoln Peters <sampln at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> Stephen Cilley wrote:
> > Anyway, my dilema is this: even though those stats
> > sound like they can more than handle an install of
> > KNOPPIX, DSL, or something else very small, it
> only
> > has a 2.5 inch floppy drive.  It also has pcmcia
> > slots, so I should be able to put my USB card in
> > there, but even with that in, I don't think I can
> boot
> > from a USB drive (I haven't even been able to
> figure
> > out how to enter the BIOS, yet.)  So does anyone
> have
> > any suggestions as to how I might get a distro on
> > there?
> Does it have any sort of networking hardware
> built-in?  Because if so, 
> you could probably install from the venerable Debian
> "boot floppies" and 
> net-install your way to a working system.  Even a
> null modem cable 
> should suffice for a net-install (using a computer
> that has a null modem 
> service installed and has access to the Debian
> repository), IF you have 
> the patience for it.
> Once you've got a working installation, you should
> be able to set up all 
> the drivers for the PCMCIA cards you're going to
> need (e.g. a USB card), 
> and you should be good to go.
> (I'm assuming, of course, that when you said "2.5
> inch floppy drive", 
> that what you meant to say was "3.5 inch floppy
> drive".)
> -- 
> Lincoln Peters
> <sampln at sbcglobal.net>
> The easiest way to figure the cost of living is to
> take your income and
> add ten percent.
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