I am trying to put arch on a Sony laptop with no CD-ROM.
It has a floppy, but the floppy is USB. This means I cannot install with the floppies/ftp method, because the first (boot) disk books OK, but then it asks for the root floppy and cannot find it.
The laptop is currently running fedora core 2. I used a tutorial for a Fedora Core upgrade technique to place the arch iso on the laptop's hard drive, then put its isolinux directory in a separate spot on the hard drive, and then boot to that isolinux directory from grub. Using this technique, I can launch /arch/setup. However, I do not see the option to specify a spot on the hard drive to install from (as I did with FC) and I cannot figure out how to make it recognize my laptop's ethernet connection so I can use the ftp install.
I am willing to install either from my hard drive, local network, or ftp, but I need to know how to make the installer see my network connection once I've booted (either from the boot floppy or from my hard drive). ALternately, I need to make it see the ISO on the hard drive.
Thanks in advance for any help!
dmesg | grep eth
Will show you modules name you need for ethernet
or chroot into Arch partition...run from there...
Thanks for the reply. I'm afraid I need more explicit directions to get this up and running. I am still learning shell commands, etc., and just need a bit more verbose directions.
Thanks again, for the reply and for anyone who doesn't mind clarifying...
Is your network working under Fedora ?
If it is the information you need is there for you ....
I'm sure someone will be able to walk you through ftp install ....
OK, so using the commands you provided, I determined that my laptop uses the plain old e100 network module.
I guess my question is then: How do I load that module from the busybox prompt, before typing the /arch/setup command?
isn't this described in the manual?
also make sure that your cpu is i686 compatible so you are not wasting your time here,
arch + gentoo + initng + python = enlisy
The laptop is a Pentium 3, so I believe I am not wasting my time.
I found instructions on how to use floppy disks to load the network module, but I cannot use the floppy method because it fails to recognize my USB floppy. I searched previous posts for workarounds, but found no way to make the floppy method work with a USB floppy. Hence my bastardized attempt to boot from the hard drive and initiate a ftp install. This method seems very promising, but I need to make my ethernet card work before launching /arch/setup.
All I'm looking for now is a command or set of commands that will let me load the e100 module, from the busybox shell, so I can launch the ftp install. I realize this may be a very basic request, but I have looked extensively and am having difficulty finding the exact commands for this situation.
You could try this...
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