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Hi, I have a Sharp Actius PC-A150 laptop which I tried to install Linux. It comes with a PCMCIA cd-rom. When reinstalling from Windows, the laptop has no problem with ...
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    Question Unable to install Linux on Laptop with PCMCIA CD-Rom


    Hi,

    I have a Sharp Actius PC-A150 laptop which I tried to install Linux. It comes with a PCMCIA cd-rom. When reinstalling from Windows, the laptop has no problem with booting from the CD-Rom without any floppy drive.

    I am trying to install Linux on this machine. It will go into setup but the when it comes to hardware detection, it just cannot detect the PCMCIA cd-rom and cannot find any drivers for it.

    I tried several distros but all have the same problem.

    Does anyone has any advice or solution to this problem? Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neogeek View Post
    Hi,

    I have a Sharp Actius PC-A150 laptop which I tried to install Linux. It comes with a PCMCIA cd-rom. When reinstalling from Windows, the laptop has no problem with booting from the CD-Rom without any floppy drive.

    I am trying to install Linux on this machine. It will go into setup but the when it comes to hardware detection, it just cannot detect the PCMCIA cd-rom and cannot find any drivers for it.

    I tried several distros but all have the same problem.

    Does anyone has any advice or solution to this problem? Thanks in advance!
    What distros have you tried?
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    Quote Originally Posted by harner View Post
    What distros have you tried?
    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply.

    I tried the following:
    Ubuntu 4.10
    Ubuntu 5.10
    Ubuntu 6.10
    Redhat 7.3
    Redhat 9.0
    SuSE 10.0
    Gentoo 2005
    Fedora Core 4.0

    The laptop can read from the CD-Rom and boot the installation. It is just during the installation, that Linux cannot find the driver and mount the CD-Rom to continue the installation.


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