Portege 110: loading an O/S

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I have a Toshiba Portege 110 with no O/S installed. I'd like to set it up with a low/no cost O/S. The issue is that I do NOT have a dock for this puppy, so there is no CD-ROM drive available. There is a PCMCIA floppy drive. I've got a 3Com PCMCIA 10.100 network card, but cannot figure out how to create a DOS (or other O/S) boot disk which includes network drivers. If I could get the thing to boot to a network, I could map out and share my CD-ROM drive on my notebook. Any thoughts or links? I can certainly re-write a config.sys file and/or an autoexec.bat, but don't have a clue as to what commands should be included and/or what switches to use...
ASKED: July 31, 2008  6:44 PM
UPDATED: August 2, 2008  5:52 AM

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There are several linux distros that will boot from USB keys. You also may want to consider getting an external firewire/usb HDD as those can be booted from as well.

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  • Pressler2904
    OK - Let me clarify what I've got, and what I'm trying to do: I have an old Toshiba Libretto 110CT (sorry, not a Portege). It has the following native ports (ie: non-docking station): IRDA, headphone, speaker and 2xPCMCIA (not PC Card, not Cardbus...); there is no docking station. I have a 3COM MegaHertz 10/100 3CCFE574BT ethernet card and a 3COM MegaHertz 3CXM556 56K Cellular modem. The system has an OS, in that it will boot, but only to a command prompt. I want to install Win98 or Linux (a lightweight distro) as the system supports a max of 64MB RAM. I know I can create a boot disk with network drivers so I can use a crossover cable to access my notebook (IBM T42) CD-ROM drive to install... There is also a PCMCIA based floppy drive, so booting from a floppy is a big "OK". There is no USB port, or possibility of using a USB PC Card, as there is no OS installed.... Any suggestions? Advise...
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