Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 30072
Can't do a network install on a laptop with a USB floppy drive
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:31:51 EDT
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I have a Sony N505VE. It has a external USB floppy drive and no cdrom.
The best way to install on these types of notebooks is w/ a network
install, which requires PCMCIA. However, it's is impossible to do this now
since it requires 2 floppies to get the pcmcia drivers for the network
card. At boot, the bios recognizes the USB floppy as a regular floppy and
boots fine. However, after linux boots the floppy can only be accessed as
a USB storage device. Only requiring a single floppy would for PCMCIA
network installs would be nice, but recognizing the floppy in the installer
would probably be just as good. Or any USB connected storage devices. The
only way I can get Red Hat on this type of laptop is using a PCMCIA scsi
card and scsi cdrom drive.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from PCMCIA floppy.
2. Get to the step for inserting the driver floppy
3. Can't read the floppy b/c the installer doesn't know how to access it.
We (Red Hat) really need to fix this before next release.
We will consider this in future releases.