After some reading on the web, I decided to give Mandrake 9.1 a
try. I downloaded the three disks, checked the md5sums, and
burned the CDs (all on a Windows machine; it has the CD burner).
I booted my Dell CPi laptop (266 MHz, 4 GB HDD, 128 MB RAM) using
the first CD, got to the first screen (i.e. the one with
"... press Enter to install or upgrade ..."), pressed enter. It
looks like the PCMCIA cards (network and modem) were found and
understood. Then I got a screen that said my CD ROM drive could
not be found (the CD ROM drive I just booted from). I tried a
few of the other driver modules that were offered up as choices,
but still no success.
The CD drive plugs into a modular bay, but has (I believe) a
regular ATAPI interface.
Any suggestions on the next step?