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Native Installation of GT1 on a IBM Thinkpad

By Morroman

To begin with we need to partition the hard drive for GT1 to install successfully. Start the thinkpad up and upon boot logo press F1.

Start the thinkpad up and upon boot logo press F1. In the BIOS menu select and

In the BIOS menu select and enter ‘startup’ then ‘boot’. Here we need to enable the DVD drive to boot before the HDD.

Here we need to enable the DVD drive to boot before the HDD. Before we save

Before we save these settings place a copy of Win98 boot CD in the drive. (NOTE: to get a copy of win98 boot disk on CD or DVD just download a .iso image from the web and burn it to CD/DVD using Nero Burning Rom (boot disk) setting with floppy disk emulation activated.)

Press F10 and save all configuration settings and reboot.

When the menu for Windows 98 book disk appears just select minimal boot and it will take you to command prompt. Now type in ‘fdisk’ and press enter, this will run windows

formatting program. Once you have launched fdisk, delete all partitions on the hard drive including all logical, extended and primary partitions. When there are no partitions remaining return to the fdisk menu and create a new FAT32 primary partition with the size of 18,635mb. Leave the remaining space on the hard drive unpartitioned for anything else such as separate operating systems etc. When complete remove Win98 boot DVD and insert GT1 Installation v1.1 CD, now reboot.

Gt1 Installation v1.1 CD will self boot and start to partition the HDD accordingly, it will change the file-system of the initial FAT32 partition to linux.

Some instances the CD will prompt you with the information that it doesn’t like the initial partitions.

information that it doesn’t like the initial partitions. Now sometimes you have to be mean to

Now sometimes you have to be mean to linux for it to work smoothly so here you can override the warning by typing in “sfdisk –f /dev/hda < /etc/sfdisk.ide3.cfg” (without the “quotation” marks). And the successful outcome will look like this:

marks). And the successful outcome will look like this: Now remove the GT1 Installation CD and

Now remove the GT1 Installation CD and insert the GT1 Base CD vXX. Now type in the command “init 6”, and the thinkpad will reboot.

GT1 Base CD will self-boot in the same manner as GT1 Installation CD did. Here the installation will reboot the thinkpad automatically 2-3 times then display the following message (or something similar):

then display the following message (or something similar): Allow 5 minutes for the install to occur

Allow 5 minutes for the install to occur and when you think it’s finally over:

the install to occur and when you think it’s finally over: You have to wait another

You have to wait another 12 minutes. :(

NOTE: If you get an error about installation aborting and to check CD, you may have to burn another copy of the GT1 Base CD at a slower speed. Hopefully this will fix the problem, to continue just restart the thinkpad with the newly burnt Base CD in the drive.

When the installation is complete you will hear annoying beeping noises from internal thinkpad speaker and it will display:

Remove the Base CD from the drive and now insert SCO Open Server 5.0.7 Installation

Remove the Base CD from the drive and now insert SCO Open Server 5.0.7 Installation CD. Now reboot.

NOTE: This step is to solve the problem of PORTMAPPER Error on DIS startup, which causes DIS to automatically shut down before we can adjust the network drivers.

shut down before we can adjust the network drivers. To fix this problem we need to

To fix this problem we need to remove or rename a file called ‘S00poweroffd’ which controls the daemon.

SCO Installation CD will self boot, now accept the default settings until you reach the keyboard settings screen.

On the keyboard setting screen, switch the console to 3 by pressing “ ALT+F3 ”.

On the keyboard setting screen, switch the console to 3 by pressing “ALT+F3”. You will be taken to a command shell with the screen displaying <installation>. Here you need to enter in the command: “cd hdFS/etc/rc2.d/” (without the “quotation” marks). One the next line enter in: “mv S00poweroffd .S00poweroffd” (without the “quotation” marks). Now reboot the thinkpad and change the BIOS boot settings back so that the HDD will boot first. Remove the SCO Installation CD and F10 to save changes and reboot.

Now GT1 should be able to startup for the first time! :)

Now GT1 should be able to startup for the first time! :) Now we can access

Now we can access scoadmin to fix the portmapper error and in my case the non- functioning mouse. So firstly enter the command shell on console 3 by pressing “CTRL+ALT+F3”. You will need to login as ‘root’ and it will prompt you to set a password, so select 1 and enter in password twice (no asterisks or text will be displayed!).

SCO will login and press “Enter” to bring up the command prompt #. Type in “scoadmin” (without the “quotation” marks) and it will bring up a menu. Here scroll down to NETWORKS then NETWORK CONFIGURATION MANAGER. Now delete all the networks except for Loopback driver. Once all other networks are removed create a new LAN adapter, here it will prompt you with the network that your thinkpad has installed (eg:Intel® PRO/100B),

press enter and select the TCP/IP setting. Finally enter in the IP-address as 192.168.68.30, tab and the subnet mask will automatically be entered, now just select OK.

Exit the network settings and just enter “y” to any questions about the kernel.

Now return to the main menu via the [(

HARDWARE/KERNEL MANAGER then scroll down to MOUSE/GRAPHIC INPUT DEVICE and press enter.

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on the bottom of the window and select

Remove all current configurations and install the appropriate mouse. NOTE: Normally the mouse is a PS2 high or low resolution keyboard mouse, and this is the same case for trackball mice in the centre of thinkpad keyboards. Upon exit say “n” to the terminal question and “y” to all other kernel questions. Finally exit the windows and back at command prompt enter in “init 6”, the thinkpad will reboot and successfully load GT1.

Special Thanks goes out to Ptbimmer for his insight and knowledge.

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