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How To Install Linux On a IBM T42?

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#1 Joe Me

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 03:48 PM

I have a T42 IBM laptop without a hard drive or battery, but it still turns on and I can used the Access IBM button. I also have a fairly new back up hard drive that I guess might be helpful to use as the hard drive of my new IBM T42.

My question is: "Is there any possible way to download and run any operating system (preferably linux) on my IBM T42 that doesn't have any hard drive?"

If I can't do it would I be able to buy another hard drive? I hope some genius :) can figure out how to install linux on my pc. (Oh and I have other pc's. So I can download linux on the back up hard drive with another pc)

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:41 PM

All you ever need for linux on your Thinkpad.
TP's do not like non IBM hard drives, but
there is a firmware hack.
Live CDs I know that work are PCLinuxOS and
Back Track 5 (my bt5 iso has the ipw2200 firmware already installed for Intel 2915 wifi)
Hope that helps.


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Posted 18 November 2011 - 10:10 AM

Well You'll need either a LiveCD or LiveUSB. The three distros I would suggest are:

Damn Small Linux:

Puppy Linux:

or Slax Linux:

All three have instructions for installing to a Live medium.

If you need any help I'm more than happy to assist! :)

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