Nick Hadgis nick.hadgis at gmail.com
Fri Feb 8 15:04:07 UTC 2008

On Feb 8, 2008 6:21 AM, Doug Simpson <simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us> wrote:

> I acquired a laptop at work that was donated by some company and I would
> like to try the EL5 (that the current version?) of K12LTSP on it.
> The problem is, there is no floppy drive and it has a battery in the CD
> slot and I don't have a CD-ROM that will fit in there and connect up.
> (crappy Dell with the caddy thing).
> Is there a way to install EL on it from the web or something? It currently
> has WindersXP on it. That is outta here if I can get EL on it.
> Any ideas?
> One option would be to pull the drive and put it in another computer and
> do the install and then put it back in the original. What caveats will I run
> into with this method?

I've done this with CentOS4, and if I recall correctly, without any major
issues. There could be an issue with the network card, it might grab the MAC
address of your "install" laptop, then when you put the disk in your laptop,
the MAC addresses will not match and networking might not work right "out
the box." The fix is pretty straight forward. This is what I would do.

If your laptop can PXE boot,. you could perform the installation completely
over the network,  search for Kickstart +linux ...your laptop can boot
essentially the same way a thin client does,  except grab an installation
image instead of the thin client image. Check this out for a guide:

A kickstart installation would be a lot of overhead for 1 Laptop.


> Thanks for the help!
> Doug
> Doug Simpson
> Technology Specialist
> De Queen Public Schools
> De Queen, AR
> simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us
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