LFS for old Compaq LTE 5300 laptop

Danny Engelbarts d.engelbarts at gmail.com
Tue May 18 16:21:25 PDT 2010

On Tuesday 18 May 2010 13:03:06 Leho Pärnapuu wrote:
> Hello,
> I have one old Laptop: Compaq LTE 5300.
> It has:
> 133MHz CPU
> 32MB RAM
> 2167MB Hard Disk Drive
> PCMCIA TRENDnet Wireless CardBus IEEE 802.11b/2.4GHz
> TEW-226PC

Does that work in win98? Are there linux drivers available for it? I've had 
lots of troubles getting a wireless card for a more recent laptop a few years 
ago (both hard- and soft-ware were problematic). Encryption could be 
problematic too, older cards often support WEP only.

> It does not have boot option from CD, but does have from 1.44MB Floppy
> drive.
> CD drive and Floppy drive are changeable - either one of them works at a
> time.
> I have Win98 on there at the moment.

It probably doesn't support PXE booting either? I would look for a floppy based 
bootloader with PXE booting options. You would have to set up a PXE/TFTP host 
environment as well. Depending on your linux knowledge setting up a PXE/TFTP 
and (optionally) NFS root will take some time. Once it works you should save 
time in testing what does or doesn't work on the laptop.

> Is it possible to compile the LFS on Desktop PC with:
> AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ CPU
> And then copy the LFS to this old Laptop?

Yes, do observe the architecture settings closely though.

> Copy and install with tomsrtbt over the LAN.

When NFS booting works a copy to HD over the network shouldn't be too hard, 
create partions and cpio ...
> Is it doable? Do I need to built it as CLFS or can I built as a regular
> LFS?

You would be crosscompiling so i'd say CLFS. A uClibc (embedded) would 
probably perform better?

> Leho,

In theorie is er geen verschil tussen theorie en praktijk.

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