[conspire] need assistance installing Fedora-10 on laptop from ISO on external hard drive

Darlene Wallach freepalestin at dslextreme.com
Wed Mar 25 16:32:15 PDT 2009


On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 3:59 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> Quoting Darlene Wallach (freepalestin at dslextreme.com):
> > I should have downloaded and burned the 6 discs. I'm doing that now. I
> > guess I have a least 6 hours to download, then verify, burn, install.
> Well, I hope you have a fast connection!  ;->

I use DSL Extreme, the least expensive service, so it is faster than
dial-up, but not ultra fast.
It took six hours to download the DVD iso, so I'm assuming it will take
about six hours to download all six disc isos.

> > However, I still want to know how to get to the boot prompt on my
> > laptop and desktop. What key do I hit and when?  argh!
> Er, when you say "how to get the boot prompt", do you mean "how to boot
> from the boot device of my choosing"?  If you end up burning the 6
> ISOs to CD, then logically you'll want to figure out how you tell your
> laptop "Please boot from the CD drive" at the end of Power-On Self-Test
> (POST).

I mean when I boot my laptop or desktop, how do I get to the "boot:" prompt?

> On many Pee-Cee machines, the F12 key permits selecting a boot device.
> Or F9, or some other key:  It all depends on the BIOS.  With older BIOSes,
> sometimes there's no such option for _one-time_ selection of boot
> device, and you have to enter BIOS Setup to _change_ the boot device to
> CD (or rather, put it above HD in the list of devices to try), and have
> to remember to put the boot device list back when you're all done.
> > Another question, I have two external hard drives connected via firewire.
> I
> > had chained them from my desktop. I wanted to rsync my laptop before
> > installing and had to play around before I could finally see my 400G
> drive
> > from my laptop. Then I could no longer access the 400G drive from my
> > desktop. Am I doing something wrong, should I be able to see the 400G
> drive
> > from both my laptop and desktop computers.
> I don't have sufficient data to know why you lost access to the 400 GB
> drive, sorry.  If it's what you're asking:  I know of no reason why you
> should not be able to daisy-chain two drives.  Inability to reliably do
> so is an indication something's slightly wrong.
> I've _personally_ never hung more than one Firewire device off a
> Firewire HBA (host bus adapter) -- and only rarely that much.

I have firewire cable from my desktop computer to a 400G external drive. I
have another firewire cable from the 400G external drive to another external
drive. The only way I could get my laptop to see the 400G external drive was
to plug a firewire cable from my laptop to the other external drive. My
laptop could then see and access the 400G drive but the laptop could not see
nor access the other external drive.

Maybe I can make it to the CABAL on Sat,  28th March and get some help

Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to read and respond to my

Darlene Wallach
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