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    old laptop,want linux,just floppy


    I have an old gateway laptop that my cisco teacher gave me and i would really like to put linux on it but it only has a floppy drive on it and i cant switch it out to a cdrom. it has a 3GB hard drive and im a user of linux and just fiqured it was a good os for this old thing. But how? any help would be kool.

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    If the laptop has an ethernet card you could boot from a Debian floppy and do a net install.
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    nope

    no ethernet card

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    Does it have a PCMCIA slot? You could pick up an ethernet card for that.
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    ??

    well yea i have slots for two, but would it recognize it just by buooting up durning the POST test? cause theres no OS on the laptop now.

    edit:booting not buooting

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    That's a good question. I've never run the Debian floppy before so I can't say how well it detects hardware.
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    can get me the link of the floppy???i'm confused...can get the one...

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    Here's a mini-tutorial on the boot floppy:

    http://www.debian.org/distrib/floppyinst

    And I *think* there's a link in there where you can find one of the boot floppies..
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