I was very pleased to be able to work with a fast system again. To start I used another of my computers running Ubuntu and downloaded the bootfloppy.img and the dsl iso file. Using the graphical disk utility, I formatted a a floppy disk and a flash drive. On a shell I used the dd command at the directory where I saved the files:
dd if=bootfloppy.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1440
To make the bootable flash drive I used the following command:
dd if=dsl version you downloaded .iso of=/dev/sda1 bs=1024
After I got all my media ready I started to work on the second part of my project: installing DSL in my old notebook.
Step 1: Installing the operating system
dsl fromusb xsetup
This allowed the usb flash drive to be booted. At some point the booting process will ask you about video modes. Tap the space bar and let the system continue. If you try to select a video mode for some reason the system will hang.