This is a bit of an exercise in doing something for the sake of doing it, so I'm willing to accept that it might not be possible.
I've been given a 1996-vintage laptop, with a big enough HDD for a Debian installation, and a CD drive. There is a floppy drive too, but despite some searching I've been unable to dig out a 3.5 inch floppy to make a boot disk. There are also obviously no USB ports, so the UNetbootIn approach isn't feasible.
It's got no onboard ethernet (back in the day, you needed a PCMCIA card for that!), or wireless obviously, so it's effectively a closed off machine without any network access capability. I've got a PCMCIA card on the way, but it wont be here for a while so in the meantime I'm trying to get a Linux distro installed to replaced the ropey Win98 (pre-SE) edition that's on it.
It wont boot from CD either, there's no option in the BIOS - just Floppy or HDD. Does anyone know of a way to either get Linux installed from Windows 98 itself, or to somehow get the machine to boot from the CD? Short of pulling the HDD and installing Linux on it using a USB caddy/cable - which I don't want to do as it'll mean an outlay to buy an old-school IDE one, I'm stumped.
(Incidentally, it's a Dell XPI CD, if that makes any difference)
Anyone successfully tackled this one before?