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Noob DSL install on old laptop

by Vonmoldy / January 4, 2007 4:24 AM PST

I have come to the conclusion that my old Dell Inspiron 3200 laptop with No OS on it(floppy drive and a USB port no CD-ROM) would be suitable for a DSL install so I can surf the web.
I am totally new to this stuff and have tried getting help on the DSL forum and walk throughs but its over my head.
I want to install it full to HDD and do it as simply as possible.
What would be my best option?

If its is as simple as pointing me to an easy to follow walk through I would really appreciate the help.

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Boot the DSL CD, click on the Install icon on the desktop?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 4:31 AM PST

Did you try this?

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Its really confusing
by Vonmoldy / January 4, 2007 4:40 AM PST

With all the different versions and all the different ways to install I had no idea what to use.
I dont have a DSL cd but should I just make one and install on my desktop and then it will guide me how to install on target laptop?

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Try a DSL live cd.
by ahtoi / January 4, 2007 4:54 AM PST
In reply to: Its really confusing

It works for me. DSL stands for dam-small-linux (not the other dsl we are talking about, hehe). I didn't have to do anything; in my case, it just works.

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by Vonmoldy / January 4, 2007 5:07 AM PST
In reply to: Try a DSL live cd.

I spent most of last night simply reading everything I could and still couldn't make sense of it. It is hard to narrow out exactly what I need to do in my situation. yes I know DSL= damn small linux that I do know!

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Stop reading. Start doing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 5:20 AM PST
In reply to: well

Create your DSL CD boot it and in the menu is an Install item. It's so simple that I installed it without any research.


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ok but...
by Vonmoldy / January 4, 2007 6:14 AM PST

Well this is why its confusing My laptop doesnt have a CD drive Or an OS so how would that help me.

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Then you boot with what?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 6:20 AM PST
In reply to: ok but...

I wonder at this point why you haven't told much about the laptop. Your choice here but it's your toy, not mine.

Good luck,


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here it is
by Vonmoldy / January 4, 2007 8:08 AM PST

I stated in the original post all the information I thought necessary here it is again.

Dell Inspiron 3200 laptop with No OS on it(floppy drive and a USB port no CD-ROM)

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Been reading my subscription links and didn't start at the
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 8:27 AM PST
In reply to: here it is


For this machine we'll have to boot from USB. Get some USB stick and put DSL on it. Boot the DSL CD and install to the USB stick (or USB hard disk.) boot from that and install to the machine's hard disk.


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Oop..sorry, my mistake.
by ahtoi / January 4, 2007 3:12 PM PST
In reply to: well

I reread you post; now I know you are talking about dsl the broadband internet.

Without an cd-rom drive; this makes tough.

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Goof again.
by ahtoi / January 4, 2007 3:16 PM PST

I meant to say you are NOT talking dsl internet service. whew!

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Same boat
by Silkwyrm / February 9, 2007 4:37 AM PST

Its amazing how many people read things without really reading them. But I understand your problem and suspect the recent solution to use a USB memory stick wont work either, since an older Pentium II laptop probably doesn't have the option to boot from a USB device. I could be wrong, but thats the situation I have with an old Toshiba Satellite PRO 440CDX, no CDROM and no setup option to boot from USB. If anyone can give detailed instructions here that would be great. Would it be possible to create two partitions on the hard drive, install DOS on one partition, then using a DOS driver for USB or for a network card put the DSL install files or a bootable DSL image on the second partition, boot from a floppy, wipe the DOS partition and then make the DSL partition active, or install from the DSL partition to what was the DOS partition? If this would work, and I used a network card, how do I navigate to a shared folder on a microsoft network in DOS To get the files? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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