One warning though: If you also copy your system from your desktop to your laptop, then you have the same old versions on your laptop as on your desktop (in my case dating back to 1995). Maybe you are better off starting with a fresh installation from a CDROM.
After you have copied everything over, don't forget to set up your boot parameters. I use lilo, and my Linux root partition is on /dev/hda2, which for now was mounted under /mnt because I booted from the floppy. So I needed to edit the files /mnt/etc/fstab and /mnt/etc/lilo.conf, and then I had to issue the command "lilo -v -r /mnt". If you hit the left Shift key while "LILO" is displayed, then you can choose the operating system. Hit the tab key for a list. After choosing "linux" I get the following boot messages.
Sound card support (CONFIG_SOUND) OSS sound modules (CONFIG_SOUND_OSS) 100% Sound Blaster compatibles (SB16/32/64, ESS, Jazz16) support (CONFIG_SOUND_SB) Generic OPL2/OPL3 FM synthesizer support (CONFIG_SOUND_ADLIB) MPU-401 support (NOT for SB16) (CONFIG_SOUND_MPU401) Microsoft Sound System support (CONFIG_SOUND_MSS) Support for Crystal CS4232 based (PnP) cards (CONFIG_SOUND_CS4232) Support for Yamaha OPL3-SA2, SA3, and SAx based PnP cards (CONFIG_SOUND_OPL3SA2)Then various parameters need to be set up in the file /etc/modules.conf, here is the relevant part. Here is the output of "cat/dev/sndstat".
The default volume for playing audio files is much higher with the Soundblaster setup than when using the Yamaha FM Synthesizer setup. Of course you can adjust the volume with a mixer program (you need to adjust the PCM level). The mixer is /dev/mixer0, make sure /dev/mixer is a symbolic link to that. Finally, if you decide to go with the Yamaha FM Synthesizer setup, then you don't need to enable Soundblaster support.
Audio CDs can be played directly without using the sound configuration. However, if you have sound configured, then you can additionally use a mixer program to adjust the volume for CD playing also (you need to adjust the CD level). By the way, the CDROM drive is accessed through /dev/hdc, make sure /dev/cdrom points to this.
SCSI support (CONFIG_SCSI) SCSI disk support (CONFIG_BLK_DEV_SD) Probe all LUNs on each SCSI device (CONFIG_SCSI_MULTI_LUN) IOMEGA parallel port (ppa - older drives) (CONFIG_SCSI_PPA)Then various parameters need to be set up in the file /etc/modules.conf, here is the relevant part.
Parallel printer support (CONFIG_PRINTER) Support IEEE1284 status readback (CONFIG_PRINTER_READBACK)Then various parameters need to be set up in the file /etc/modules.conf, here is the relevant part.
There are a collection of BIOS access utilities available at http://www.buzzard.org.uk/toshiba. You will need to have Toshiba support enabled in your kernel (starts with version 2.2.17), and the file /etc/modules.conf needs to contain the following entry, the first line of which is automatically created when you install this package. If you recompile the kernel, you also need to recompile this package, because it creates a kernel module. (Actually, it is enough to just recompile the kernel module toshiba.o and to install it by hand, of you know what you are doing.) A minor problem is that this module should be automatically loaded by the kernel when needed, but that does not happen on my system. So I load it upon booting from within /etc/rc./rc.modules, here is the relevant part.
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First posted: Fri Sep 17 13:01:18 MET DST 1999
Last updated: Mon Jan 2 12:20:09 PST 2017