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    Installing on a cd-rom-less laptop

    Ok, I have been playing with this old thing for a while, and I finally decided to put in Peanut Linux, since it is a small distro. However, I need to get the 150mb image on the laptop (on a dos partition) since I don't have a cd-rom available. I have a zip-100, and I tried to use a dos utility to split the image in 2 parts then rejoin it inside the dos partition, but it got corrupted. Any ideas on how to get that file into the laptop?
    I got my home box running XP and Slack, but I don't have a clue on how to hook up the laptop to my box. I have a pcmcia nic on th elaptop, but I don't know how to set nfs, and don't know if it would be more trouble than worth.
    Any ideas are welcome.

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    Re: Installing on a cd-rom-less laptop

    Couldn't you boot it on a floppy distro and mount a cdrom via network. then install which every distro you want...

    I know RH can be installed in a fasion similar to this.

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    Re: Installing on a cd-rom-less laptop

    oh I forgot, nfs help is avail.

    http://hints.linuxfromscratch.org/hints/ <--- look for nfs and portmap

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    oh I forgot, nfs help is avail.

    http://hints.linuxfromscratch.org/hints/ *<--- look for nfs and portmap
    Ok, let me take a look at it.
    Would I need a crossover cable or a regular cat5?
    Also, when doint this, do I have to set the client to get an ip from my box or it is a completely different protocol?

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    Re: Installing on a cd-rom-less laptop

    Yeah, you can have start up disk and root disk. Then boot that off and install with FTP assuming that your PCMCIA card is supported.

    The network configuration is depends. It's just like you other network setting ( with IP addr, mask and DNS ) or the install can get from DHCP server.

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    Yeah, you can have start up disk and root disk. Then boot that off and install with FTP assuming that your PCMCIA card is supported.

    The network configuration is depends. It's just like you other network setting ( with IP addr, mask and DNS ) or the install can get from DHCP server.
    How do I set my other linux box to act as a DHCP?

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    Re: Installing on a cd-rom-less laptop

    Linux? You run dhcpd. Windows? You need to have DHCP server installed. And also, you need those box to be doing NATed gateway.

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