[ltp] X31 - Bootable from Adaptec SlimSCSI CDROM?

Jim Harvey linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Sun, 09 Nov 2003 19:37:55 -0600

Kelvin KAN wrote:
> Hi there,
> I am thinking of buying an X31.  But it comes standard WITHOUT the 
> docking station, hence w/o the CD drive.
> I've got some Adaptec PCMCIA SlimSCSI cards (both 1460 & 1480 cardbus), 
> and an ext. SCSI CD drive. My questions are:
>    1.  Can the X31 boot from such ext. SCSI CD drive?
>     2.  If I buy an empty docking station (w/o CD drive), may I be able 
> to convert my spare notebook CD drives (many left from old notebooks) to 
> be the int. CD drive of the docking station?  Any add'l electronics 
> required?
> As you know when you play around with Linux you have to re-install OS 
> quite often.
> My previous experience with TP600E was that it could not boot from 
> PCMCIA, even if BIOS had such option.

I doubt you can boot from PCMCIA SCSI.  What you could do is:
have a bootable DOS partition.
1. put a SCSI enabled install kernel and ramdisk file on the DOS partition.
2. use LOADLIN to kick it off.
I've done this on a couple of different laptops (Compaq 5000 series) 
that won't boot from cdrom, and have only one drive bay that's shared 
between CD and floppy, which leaves you the same dilemma.
     Jim Harvey, Naperville, Ill.   Linux person - WB8NBS/9
            He who dies with the most software wins.