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Debian Woody on Toshiba T4900CT



The base computer that I did the install on has 16Mb of ram and 810Mb of hd, one PCMCIA slot, a 1.44 floppy and, to top it off, a hugely powerful Intel Pentium-1 running at the mind boggling speed of 75MHz. The price/performance ratio is still extremely good as the laptop in question was as free as the software I installed.


Installation started with making the Woody vanilla floppies and booting the computer with apm=on appended. All the normal routines with configuring keyboard and so on went smoothly. Like I usually do with such small drives that are destined for complete newbies, I partitioned the hd into 750Mb to be mounted as root and left the rest for swap. This computer belongs to a friend of mine who wants to try out a real operating system on a laptop, he actually plans on using the thing with a Haicom GPS.


This small Toshiba does not have a cdrom and as I would have to configure the PCMCIA in any case if I used the PCMCIA cdrom, I decided to do a plain network install. After installing the kernel and drivers off the floppies the next step was to skip a few items on the installer and configure PCMCIA. The controller is a i82365 which did not need any additional parameters to function. Immediately after getting card services running, the installer decided to configure the network. No need to punch in series of numbers as DHCP took care of configuring the network. Of course it can be configured easily from the console with ifconfig and route or let the installer do the hard work while just feeding it the correct information.


After about an hour or so, the installer had the base system installed and wanted to know how to make the system bootable. In this case I just told the installer to install lilo in MBR and went straight to reboot. As usual, the system came up nicely with only some barfs about missing things like MCA and a lot of SCSI stuff. That is of course completely normal as the installer has a very generic kernel and getting rid of the nasty messages is only a kernel away.


Setting up X was not too hard, the only things that I had to check before getting it to run were horizontal sync that was set to 35.40 kHz and vertical sync to 67.43 kHz.



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