Installing Linux on a Thinkpad 760ED

I recently acquired a secondhand Thinkpad 760ED and the obvious first step was to install Linux on it. The distribution I chose was Debian version 2.2.18 (this is a little old, but was what I had to hand), and the instructions below apply to that.

The laptop has a swappable floppy drive and CDROM, but they're not hot-swappable (you have to lift up the keyboard to exchange them). Unfortunately, it won't boot off CD, or life would have been much easier. There are instructions here on how to make it boot from CD if you want, but they're a bit complicated (involves quite a bit of DOS stuff) and anyway I was halfway through the process below before I found them, so I didn't use that.

This is what I did instead:


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