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Author Topic: Install Vector on Fujitsu P1120 - no optical drives, no usb or network boot  (Read 3609 times)

Lifebook

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Hi!
I would like to try out Vector Linux on my Fujitsu P1120 subnotebook. I am an absolute newb to Linux and to Vector especially.
The machine runs WinXP Home and Puppy Linux, which I managed to install with some pain, as a dual boot system.
However the machine has no optical drives, no usb or network boot is supported. The specs are:

Transmeta Crusoe TM 5800 @ 800 MHz
256 MB RAM
60 GB IDE HDD @ 7200 RPM

Is there any way for me to install Vector Linux on my system? I have not found any appropriate topics with the search fuction..

Thank you for your help in advance!
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Re: Install Vector on Fujitsu P1120 - no optical drives, no usb or network boot
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2008, 09:27:40 am »

You should be able to do an "install from iso" install from puppy, here's some info that should help: http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/docs/vl59/manuals/vl5_installation_guide_en.html#iso_linux
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Re: Install Vector on Fujitsu P1120 - no optical drives, no usb or network boot
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2008, 02:01:01 pm »

Lifebook,

In reading the instructions you were given. Based on my experience with Puppy and Vector Linux, I'll advise the following:

Puppy doesn't have the run levels and all that. I think, just boot to the command prompt using the puppy pfix=ram,nox argument.

I've haven't installed VL with using Live, but my guess is:

1) that you'll want to have a target partition already available for the install
2) you'll download the .iso to a different partition
3) that you'll want to have quite a bit of space for the kernel code, compilers and all the extras you will want on the target partition

and I could be wrong, but best of luck to you

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Re: Install Vector on Fujitsu P1120 - no optical drives, no usb or network boot
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2008, 12:14:11 am »

I was not able to install to my IBM 240 using a Puppy 3.01 frugal install..... Even after ctrl-alt-backspace to the command prompt, I got an error message telling me I was not in runlevel 2..... :(
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Re: Install Vector on Fujitsu P1120 - no optical drives, no usb or network boot
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2008, 06:19:09 pm »

I was not able to install to my IBM 240 using a Puppy 3.01 frugal install..... Even after ctrl-alt-backspace to the command prompt, I got an error message telling me I was not in runlevel 2..... :(

Instead of Control-Alt-Backspace, run this command as root at a terminal prompt:
init 2

That should get you into runlevel 2 for sure.
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Re: Install Vector on Fujitsu P1120 - no optical drives, no usb or network boot
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008, 08:12:56 pm »

Hi GrannyGeek,

I just don't think Puppy uses run levels or knows what they are.

Here is Puppy /etc/inittab, what do you think?

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::sysinit:/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit
tty1::respawn:/sbin/getty -n -l /bin/autologinroot 38400 tty1
tty2::respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty2
::shutdown:/etc/rc.d/rc.shutdown
::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/reboot

Fortunately for me, I have a DVD/CD-ROM drive.

If Puppy won't work as the host operating system to 'install from iso', and given Lifebook's computer, I wonder what to do? I suppose wait for Lifebook to come back with an update or report.

Bruce
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Re: Install Vector on Fujitsu P1120 - no optical drives, no usb or network boot
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2008, 09:16:23 pm »

I just don't think Puppy uses run levels or knows what they are.

Here is Puppy /etc/inittab, what do you think?

It doesn't look anything like my inittab. Can you boot into a command prompt with Puppy?

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If Puppy won't work as the host operating system to 'install from iso', and given Lifebook's computer, I wonder what to do? I suppose wait for Lifebook to come back with an update or report.

I don't know enough about Puppy or Linux, for that matter, to suggest anything. Sorry I can't help.
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Re: Install Vector on Fujitsu P1120 - no optical drives, no usb or network boot
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2008, 09:23:16 pm »

I was not able to install to my IBM 240 using a Puppy 3.01 frugal install..... Even after ctrl-alt-backspace to the command prompt, I got an error message telling me I was not in runlevel 2..... :(

open your vinstall-iso script in a text editor and comment out the check_runlevel line

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# Main program
check_user
check_console
#check_runlevel
check_mount
get_initrd
do_install
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Re: Install Vector on Fujitsu P1120 - no optical drives, no usb or network boot
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2008, 02:04:02 pm »

Thanks guys for the answers. For the moment I'm struggling a bit with Puppy Linux and all of it's functions. I guess two Linuxes at once is too much for a bloddy newb like I am.

I just thought Vector looked fancy and wanted to see the difference between Puppy and Vector. For now I will try to figure out how Linux works before I get back to Vector.

But thank you anyway!!

Greets!
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