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OK, I've got a an old laptop (hitachi pentium 2 266 MHz) that I am trying to put Mandrake 10.1 on. I've tried several times to install using cd's to ...
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    OK,

    I've got a an old laptop (hitachi pentium 2 266 MHz) that I am trying to put Mandrake 10.1 on. I've tried several times to install using cd's to install, but the cd-rom drive on the laptop is too outdated to read these new 700 mb cd-r's. I've already tried using a boot image of the cdrom also, which didn't work.

    But, I have a desktop with the files on it, and a cat5 cable which I can use to connect both my desktop and my laptop. Is there anyway that I can install mandrake by doing this (installing using the installation files on my desktop pc by this connection?)

    I think this is the only viable way for me to do this. My laptop hard drive has been formatted, so I think I will have to make some kind of boot disk for this. I'm just not sure how to do that.

    If anyone knows anything about this, please reply!

    Thanks!

    Ty

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    If your laptop has a floppy drive, make a bootdisk for linux. What you do is goto the folder which looks like D:/dosutils/rawwrite.exe and run this program where d is your cd-rom. insert a floppy and point the rawwrite program to this location for a boot image: d:\install\images\network or even cdrom

    I don't think your cdrom is incapable of reading cd-r's, it is just that it cannot boot off a cd. I had a pentium MMX with the same problem.

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    Thanks Alex K.

    Do you mean to make a standard floppy boot disk with an cdrom.img file on it to get the process to start?

    If that is what you meant, I have already tried that. Sorry I didn't include it in my earlier post. So, yeah, i've tried using a floppy boot for my cd-rom to read the cd, but still I'm not getting anywhere.

    Any other suggestions?

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    try the network install... if you have access to an internet connection.

    Brian

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