I sent this message already to Dan but he did not know the answer. Maybe
somebody of you ran into the same problem:
I am trying to install the Fermi Linux from nfs on an IBM ThinkPad 760ED.
I have Linux running on my desktop and installed it there without
problems. But on the ThinkPad I am having problems:
I boot from the Fermi boot disk and load the PCMCIA support from the supp
disk. After I enter IP address, subnet mask and gateway, the installation
hangs after the message 'Determining host name and domain'.
The window disappears and the cursor remains blinking at the bottom line
of the screen. I tried both the V5.0.2 and the 5.2test version (I made the
boot disks from my desktop).
My suspicion is that the Ethernet card is causing the problem.
I am using a 3Com 3C389C EtherLink III card. When I boot the machine
under Windows NT, I can communicate over the network without problems.
But I have not found a way do disable the PnP option (as it is described
in the pre-install list). I did not find anything on the driver disks for
this card that does this.
I tried the pnpdsabl program from the 3C5x9x driver disk under DOS. This
program prints after the first command 'The PnP mode has been turned off.'
but gives the error message '!!! Error !!! No EtherLink III adapters are
installed in this computer' after the second command. So I'm not sure if
the PnP is really disabled.
I will install Linux from CD if I can't find a solution but I'm afraid I
will still run into a problem with the Ethernet card. So I would
appreciate any hints.
Thank you very much for your help.