Can't boot from boot floppy

Can't boot from boot floppy

Post by Jon Hard » Sun, 14 Dec 1997 04:00:00

Sorry for the newbie question but this one just has got me stumped....

I downloaded all the "a" files onto my HD (Dos partition) and I'm all set to
install the files (Slackware), but I made my boot disk and it won't boot
upon start.

I copied bare.i onto my HD and used rawrite.exe to make a floppy disk
'supposedly' bootable using this command.

c:>rawrite bare.i a:\

Seemed to copy the files just fine.
But upon reboot with the disk in the a: drive, it detects the floppy drive
and I just get a blinking cursor.  I don't know why it doesn't get any
Any help appreciated.
Maxtor 1.2 Gig HD.
16 MB RAM.

Email direct,
Jon Hardt


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I successfully performed a UMSDOS install of the Slackware distribution
(from floppy disks A,AP,Q,U) on my laptop:
   Epson 4SLC/25  (486 25MHz)
   4Mb RAM
   120 MB HD

After the installation completed, it prompted me to create a boot floppy,
which I did (and have re-tried several times, but to no avail).

This boot floppy does not boot - the computer goes through the POST, spins
the floppy once, then just sits there dead in the water.

BTW, I formatted this floppy under DOS both with and without /S;  it didn't
make any difference.

BTW also, I am trying to use the idekern kernel (at least until I can get
a regular boot off my boot floppy).

Any ideas?  The Installation-HOWTO isn't very specific about this kind of

Question:  If I were to boot using the installation boot/root disks, and
           did an "ls" on this troubled boot floppy, what (if anything)
           should I see?

Many thanks!


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