Joined: Nov. 2007
||Posted: Dec. 06 2007,05:03
So, this is a lot of fun. I have an old Compaq Armada laying around, it is built like a tank and really kind of cool...but it runs windows 3.1 or something ancient. It features:
no modern ports (no usb, firewire, ethernet, etc)
an infrared port (wow, why was this a good idea?)
a 7 gig hd
a p2 something-or-other processor
and two pcmia slots
I got a pcmia wifi card I'd like to use on it in conjunction with DSL, but I have no way of getting the OS onto the hard drive. I have a pcmia ethernet card, but it doesn't have built-in TCPIP support (IT IS OLD).
It does have a serial and a parallel port. Now, do you know of anyway I could network boot from a serial port? If I can get DSL on there I can get all the drivers needed to run it in DSL through the PCMIA ethernet card, and from there get the wifi card working. I've tried everything, from taking the HD out and putting it in another pc (DSL wouldn't read it as a USB or ide device for some reason, even though it will still boot windows if I put it back in)
So, bottom line is that I know its possible to ethernet install linux distros, what about parallel or serial port? Any help or advice beyond "buy a new laptop" would be greatly appreciated.