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Puppy on older laptops: how feasible?
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Sep 2005, 18:54    Post_subject:  Puppy on older laptops: how feasible?  

I don't Know if This is the proper place for this topic but here goes !...
I have looked at the various topics and cant find a lot about older laptops and using them once again perhaps as a terminal or client . The reason is that most of the laptops I find or that come my way have very small drives and even smaller amounts of ram .I am now working on a junker
with about 8MB of ram and has a corrupted hdd and what seems like a bios with a bad flash . I don't think I will look for a solution that requires a cdrom to install a few files that will get a terminal up with a modem connection .Here is the problem ,and believe me I don't mean to use this site as a personal fix-all for all laptop problems . I thank everyone for your time and knowledge ,and for sharing this forum .I found a COMPAQ
Concerto in distress and decided to have a go at it. The Toshiba drive is 340 MB .It says so on the drive inside ,However the bios claims this is a 38 MB drive and refuses to fdisk and format anything else.I can start the comp and it works perfectly . The lcd screen lights but produces no text.
So I can use it very well with a crt and I'm happy . There is a rockwell modem ,a serial port modem on com2 ,with no cdrom ,I would like to install a modest Puppy with tcpip and perhaps a text browser all from floppy as I have no way to setup networking except serial cables or parrallel port. I need to get cfdisk or linux fdisk and a small kernel all on one floppy or perhaps copy a small image to the 38MB partition to further investigate this units possibilities. PUP001 and CRAMFS files I don't feel will suceed as the size is too great.Please , can you advise a proposal
for this relic, It's really in great shape
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Sep 2005, 19:16    Post_subject: try freesco  

freesco (freesco.org) was discussed in this forum and in IRC. you can try it.
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Sep 2005, 19:19    Post_subject:  

i would suggest



Other than puppy, they are optimized for textmode-usage.

"Grafical" menue using ncurses, "Links" as webbrowser.

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Sep 2005, 00:17    Post_subject: laptops  

Thanks for taking the time and helping me ! I will try other apps. or os's
but what I really want to do is get this box up on Puppy . I know it needs more than 38MB disk space but I'm wondering If there is a really tiny version of puppy that someone has created that could be on a floppy ...
something like syslinux to boot and ask for disk2 , that would then have a small kernel from puppy that could be used to set up the modem and format the drive . With no cdrom and only 640 base mem and 07168K extended memory, Is it possible to do such things, I mean create a ramdisk that contains cfdisk and networking to link to a larger Puppy at boot time .also there is no network card only a modem port and serial port
and parallel port.
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