Fujitstu Lifebook '98 Headache
This is my first post and it should be quite one at that.
I have been trying to get Arch ( as well as nearly every other flavor of linux you can imagine) to install on a Fujitsu LifeBook S-4510 that I suspect is a 1998 or 1999 model. It has a 400 mhz PIII with 128 MB SDRAM. It'll run Win 98, Win 2k and several live-only linux distros (debian inparticular) well. Though I have tried many distros, I wish to use arch for fairly obvious reasons.
However the problem is with mounting the CD during the install process. When I attempt to run the installer it indicates it is unable to read the source media, and while it's still booting up I get a nice stream of error messages on sr0 saying the device cannot be read. Now it does this for every bootable linux disk so I expect it is something in the hardware that the kernel doesn't agree with.
I have tried:
1. getting files from a external USB hard disk set up according to arch recommendations in conjunction with the CD. Install progresses to the point of login then fails reporting it is unable to access a shared library in /lib/
2. burning the disk at the slowest possible speed (4x) had no effect other than to consume lots of disks
3. verifying disk integrity
4. perform machine integrity tests,and as I said the machine is totally functional
5. playing with BIOS settings for CDROM has no effect
6. setting a symbolic link to /dev/sr0 to match what the installer is looking for and I get the same errors I mentioned above and dumped right back to rmfs shell
The point of this enterprise was to prove a point about how wasteful modern OS's can be as well as the versatility of linux. The joke appears to be on me thus far. However short of anything anyone here can suggest I am considering:
1. Trying a PXE boot, which I've never done before
2. Installing freeBSD or some other BSD (which apparently works on toasters)
3. Giving in and keeping the win2k partition it has already
4. Attempting to discover its terminal velocity by experimental trials
So, forgive the lengthy post but I did have a lot to say. Is there ANYONE who can help me?
Thank you in advance!
Alternatives and their shortcomings
1. I've actually tried Slitaz on this machine and I can't even get it to boot. The problem appears to be something in the boot loaders modern linux live CD's use. What it is, I don't know yet. Tell me if this other alternative is different then I'll burn a CD.
2. I've set up a swap or two. haha. As I said, I have Debian 2.2 on it, but I have zero interest in keeping it for a variety of reasons.
3. it's not a 486, not even close. It's a 686 Pentium 3, albeit the first generation thereof (Katmai). It's rockin 400mhz.
As I said before, I got a newish version of Debian (NOT 2.2) that was LIVE ONLY running on this without any effort at all. I just can't install it. I got it from live.debian.net. This is why I came to this community as my knowledge of linux ends there. I suspect this is a packaging issue, so to speak, not a kernel one.
So, any other ideas?