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Okay, here's the deal. I've searched the entire internet for a way to install linux on a 133mHz 32MB ram laptop. Here are the problems: 1) CAN'T BOOT FROM CD ...
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    AHHHHHH! Frustration is setting in!


    Okay, here's the deal. I've searched the entire internet for a way to install linux on a 133mHz 32MB ram laptop. Here are the problems:

    1) CAN'T BOOT FROM CD
    2) IT IS A SCSI CD DRIVE SO FLOPPY BOOT MANAGERS DON'T WORK
    3) PCMCIA ETHERNET ADAPTER WON'T RECOGNIZE LAN
    4) THERE ARE NO DISTRIBUTIONS WITH A INTERNET BROWSER THAT CAN BE INSTALLED FROM A SET OF FLOPPIES

    Whenever I get a distro to the install screen, something goes wrong (like blueflops can't find a minix fs, PCMCIA module works but network module doesn't, etc.). ANYONE PLEASE HELP!!!

    I have another machine running Fedora Core 4 and WinXP, if that helps.
    Thank you.

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    Some releases of Slackware can be installed with multiple floppies: if not the latest, Slackware keeps several older versions available for download. Once you have a basic system installed, you should be able to get the PCMCIA NIC working. With ethernet, you can access a partition on another machine, using nfs, for installation of other files. There are a few text-based web browsers, some of which should be a part of any distro you choose: Links, Elinks, Lynx and others. You won't want to use graphics with 32Mb RAM.
    /IMHO
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    ///this use to look better

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    cool

    Ok, I got a slackware distro, but I have a problem after the reboot after installation.

    It goes through detecting devices and such and then it says this:

    Starting PCMCIA services: modulesLinux PCMCIA Card Services 2.9.1
    Intel PCIC probe:
    TI 113X CardBus at 0x3e0, 2 sockets
    irq mask (

    Then it just freezes. Should I try installing again without the PCMCIA card in?

    BE244

    P.S. I just tried using the floppy boot disk and the result is the same.

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