More adventures with thinkpad and linux: install methods

Dawes, Stephen Stephen.Dawes at
Mon Aug 26 11:36:14 EDT 2002


Do you have access to a network connection? If so, try a install over
the internet. I have done it a number of times successfully.

If not, you may have success with booting from CD for the RedHat

Stephen Dawes  <B.A., B.Sc.>
The City of Calgary                   |  Phone: (403) 268-5527
   Web Business Office #8300          |  Fax:   (403) 268-6423
   PO Box 2100 Postal Station M.      |  Email: sdawes at
   Calgary, Alberta, Canada. T2P 2M5  |  Web:

This communication is intended ONLY for the use of the person or entity 
named above and may contain information that is confidential or legally 
privileged. If you are not the intended recipient named above or a
responsible for delivering messages or communications to the intended 
recipient, YOU ARE  HEREBY NOTIFIED that any use, distribution, or 
copying of this communication or any of the information contained in it 
is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in
please notify us immediately by telephone and then destroy or delete
communication, or return it to us by mail if requested by us.

Thank you for your attention and co-operation. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cheryl Homiak [mailto:chomiak at]
> Sent: 2002 August 26 9:33 AM
> To: speakup
> Subject: More adventures with thinkpad and linux: install methods
> Ok, keep in mind that i'm not yet able to connect to a 
> network or the Internet,
> so that limits my install possibilities. First I tried the 
> old debian woody
> floppies enabled with speakup; was able to do the preliminary 
> steps but had a
> problem when I used the floppies for the base system. they 
> wouldn't extract
> properly after being loaded, maybe because the base system 
> floppies are much
> later than the woody pre-release disks on the speakup site. 
> Tried it twice with
> two sets of floppies; no error messages on any of the 
> floppies themselves. Then
> decided to try red hat, not wanting to go back clear to 
> potato in debian and
> feeling adventurous. great documentation of the install with 
> speakup, btw. Cdrom
> sounded like an airplane starting off the runway but then 
> like one landing and
> turning off engines; must not be set up to boot from cdrom? 
> though floppy is.
> Can't use floppies because cdrom and floppy drive are 
> interchangeable; I hear
> that may eventually be solvable by getting a cable for the 
> floppy drive for
> external; not sure about that. Went ahead and installed DOS 
> with speech since
> i'd
> already partitioned with debian. Unfortunately still can't 
> install Red Hat from
> hard drive because I have no way to get the raw .iso files 
> onto my hard drive.
> Was
> able to get my cdrom going in DOS with a generic cdrom 
> driveer:  oakcdrom.sys.
> Are there any other alternatives for doing an install I 
> haven't thought
> of, and is there any way to change the boot sequence with the 
> thinkpad utilities
> like I did the serial port? Also, when I finally do get this 
> running, if I
> decide to install red hat, is there any way to not have Disk 
> Druid mess up my
> partitions?
> In other words, will I still have to go through and put in mount
> points or is there a way just to get it to recognize and use 
> the partitions
> and mount points that have been done and go on from there?
> Really enjoying my thinkpad, btw.
> Thanks.
> Cheryl
> _______________________________________________
> Speakup mailing list
> Speakup at

More information about the Speakup mailing list