Thanks for the ideas. But...
I'm using the '486 version of DL 1.2.3 - not the '686 or '586 SMP versions (why court trouble?). Yes, I just checked it to make sure.
In fact, the gzipped config files are on the MS-DOS formatted hard drive, already. What's there is only the default installation .gz file, nothing customized.
(It took a bit of head scratching to stop it from hanging at the "check floppy for config files" step. Of course, the answer was right there in the documentation, once I looked in the right place for it.)
I'm still puzzled at the first failure - the error message scrolls by so fast that I can't really read it. That's the one that occurs immediately after the "sync'ing filesystems" report.
There is no USB port on the TP 760LD, and I'd just as soon not go out and spend money on a device that won't be used much (the external floppy, that is).
Do you think that I need to format and partition the HD on another machine, and copy over the gzipped config files? What about a PCMCIA card - what could I put on that to boot into the CD with? Any ideas?
Again, thanks for all the help, and again praise for Heiko for such a professionally-done distro.
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