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Posted: Nov. 04 2003,04:32 QUOTE

Hey guys thanks for the info.... I went to my local Fry's electronics and found the adapter, I will try it this weekend.  And will post my experience.

btw, I will be installing on an old IBM Thinkpad 365x laptop with only 24mb and PI 133Mhz processor.

any recommendation on what cheap pcmcia nic to get?
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Posted: Nov. 17 2003,19:30 QUOTE

Hi guys !
I have also a thinkpad 365x but
with a Paralelle port cdrom
(backpack by Bantam
Series 6 model 181200)

How do I boot from that ?  :(
please help

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Posted: Nov. 17 2003,20:33 QUOTE

Quick answer:

You can't boot from the backpack.

Actually, it may be possible but it requries a LOT of fooling around. If your backpack is like my backpack drive, you will need to get a linux firmware update.

You would need to do the following:

(1) Download a copy of the backpack Linux firmware update software from Micro Solutions.

(2) Boot from a floppy disk version of Linux like "Basic Linux". Then install the firmware update. Then download it to the backpack drive. Leave the Backpack drive powered up even when you reboot the computer later on.

(3) Boot DSL on a newer computer and copy the needed modules to a floppy disk. If I remember correctly, they are bpck6.o and paride.o

(4) Create a DSL boot floppy using the instructions from the web site.

(5) Reboot your thinkpad using the boot floppy while leaving the Backpack powered up. Choose 'knoppix expert'.

(6) When it gets to the point where it asks you to install external drivers, type in bpk6 and paride. Then insert the floppy disk with the drivers on it when prompted.

(7) Insert the DSL CD into the backpack drive and hopefully it will install from CD.

(8) To make your backpack work properly under Microsoft Windows again, power it down for 10 seconds and turn it back on. Then reboot into Microsoft Windows.

Of course, a much easier way to install is to do the following:

(1) Boot under Microsoft Windows.

(2) Use the backpack to copy the cotents of the DSL cd to your C: drive. Make sure that the directory name on the C drive is EXACTLY the same (IE: C:\KNOPPIX , not C:\Knoppix).

(3) Make the DSL boot floppies using the instructions from the DSL web site.

(4) Boot from the floppies and it will discover the DSL files on your hard drive and behave like it is booting from a CDROM.

(5) If you want to use your backpack while runnig DSL, you will still need to do the firmware update.
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