Linux on the Toshiba T1910CS




Toshiba T1910CS running X



Some technical details of my T1910CS
CPUIntel 80486sx 33MHz 3,3V
System Memory4096 KByte 100ns
Memory Expansion4096 KByte Card
Harddrive2,5" 200 MByte Seagate
Diskdrive3,5" 1,44Mbyte
PCMCIA1 Slot for Type II or III
Display9,5" STN Color Display

The first thing I've done was to zip the whole harddrive which holds a Windows 3.1 and a DOS 6.22. After this, I had a 7MB zip file of M$ junk which I send via a nullmodem cable to one of my servers using the INTERLNK and INTERSVR tools that come with DOS 6.22.
Next thing I've done was installing mu-linux on this machine, but I had some problems to get the X-Server running and also the optional GCC package was just for kind of "Hello World!" programs so I thought of something else.
I started searching on the WWW to find any information about Linux on Laptop/Notebook Computers and found the LINUX ON LAPTOPS page. After a few looks on some Toshiba machines from other people I thought Debian is the distribution that should work for me, because the included XFree was able to run on various Laptop/Notebook graphics chipsets. So I started downloading the base package of Debian using their FTP-Server. The installation runs ok (It's a nice feel to blast the FAT partitions away to make space for a real OS :) ) and after a while I got a running Debian on this machine. But this was just the base, nothing else and when I tried to install the other packages, I came to a point where I got stuck because my only way to bring data on the harddrive was the floppy drive (I didn't have a PCMCIA NIC). So I had a big problem to bring a 5mb Debian package on this machine by using the floppys. The tar versions I have didn't have a feature to divide files to fit them on a disk. So there must be another way. I started thinking of how to get this machine connected to my LAN by a serial cable but soon stopped this thought as I had a closer look to the LINUX on the Toshiba T4600 page by Gerhard Boenisch. He installed a Slackware96 on his machine and explained that he installed this by using floppies.
This refreshes my brain, because I had a Slackware 3.0 somewhere in my CD-archive which I installed a long time ago on a 386 that only had a floppy but also a NIC. So I started searching for that CD and found it in a few minutes. The CD is made for floppy installations, because the packages are stored in directories which aren't bigger than a single 3,5" HD disk.
The only boring thing was that I now needed about 60 disks to have Slackware on disks (Including the packages A, AP, E, N, TCL, X, XAP, XV, Y). After grabbing 60 disks and made them ready to go (look whats on them, if still needed put the content on a server harddrive, format them, copy the disk sets onto them... really boring work to do) I started the installation on the Notebook.
I created a 20MB swap partition and the rest was spent for the root partition. Then I did a real tough disc-jockey job. I installed the complete packages, because this first installation was just to figure out if X would run.
When I was done with the installation I started to get the X-Server running. After a while I was able to get the SVGA-Server running, but I didn't know the exact chipset (SuperProbe told me I have a generic VGA) so it runs only at 320x200 with 256colors. This was a great moment to see the colored graphical desktop, but afterall I want a 640x480 resolution. After a few tips from IRC and some small changes to my XF86Config file, I was able to get the wanted resolution with the VGA16-Server (this was a really great moment :) ).The installed packages leave me about 40MB free space on the harddrive, which should be enough to enter some text files. But in the future I want to reinstall and select what I really need on this machine including a C compiler, that should bring up more free space. I'm also thinking about the need of the network packages, because right now I dont have a NIC installed and as long as my C programs (I just started learning C) and text files didn't grow over a 3,5" disk size, there is no need for this.
Thanks a lot to JAWA for checking the grammar of this page. :)


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