Joined: Dec. 2008
||Posted: Dec. 13 2008,15:50
I have two old laptops - a Toshiba Satellite S1800 (1.1 GHz PIII 256 MB RAM) and a Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook E6530 (500 MHz PIII 128 MB RAM). The Lifebook has a dodgy IDE bus, in that it can't automatically detect the DVD drive - I had to set the secondary bus to CD/DVD in the BIOS for it to work. This means that it can't boot from CD/DVD.
The Satellite works fine in this case. It boots from the CD OK. When running DSL from the live CD, it will not detect the harddrive. I don't know why, I am currently running a Linux distribution called Debris which installed from a live CD just fine.
I plugged a spare laptop harddrive into an old desktop (with adapter) and installed DSL to that.
When the harddrive is in the Lifebook, it boots and runs OK - it needs some reconfiguring of the x-server, but nothing major.
When the harddrive is in the Satellite, it won't boot properly. The process gets as far as the extracting the kernel, then goes into kernel panic.