Install debian on laptop?

Andor Demarteau andor at
Thu Dec 16 17:53:56 UTC 2004

I've installed debina on a new Dell Inspiron not more then 2 months ago.
I modified an existing debian-testing cd to include brltty in the onboard
initrd.gz boot-image.

Remind me if I haven't done this in about 2 weeks or so, I'll put the
script together which got this working and dump it on the list.
It's a bit tricky, but it worked fine for me (apart from some error on my
part which made brltty not starting anutomatically upon botting).

One thing I'd have to find out is howto get the debconf=readline
install-interface instead of the dialog-one (which I can work nicely with,
provided framebuffer is disabled).

You need at least 1.4gb of diskspace to try this and to cimpile brltty
yourself as well.

On Thu, 16 Dec 2004, John Heim wrote:

 > I want to install debian on my laptop but it looks as if the floppy install
 > doesn't have any way to get support for pcmcia. I've only been a debian
 > user for a couple of years but other distros used to supply a boot floppy
 > image with pcmcia enabled for laptop installations.
 > Part of my job is installing linux, debian and Red Hat. But I always
 > install via a boot floppy configured to run a serial console. Is there
 > another way?
 > Else, I don't suppose anybody has installed debian on a laptop recently.
 > How did you do it? Is there someway to enable pcmcia support?
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