Boot floppy

Boot floppy

Post by Kannan, R » Wed, 13 Mar 2002 03:51:03



Hi

I have a couple of questions.

1) When I installed SuSE 7.1/kernel 2.4 on my system, I am not sure,
I created a boot floppy. Is there a quick way to create a boot floppy
than to recompile a kernel for a compressed image with several options.

2) I am trying to make duplicate copies of the (3) SuSE CDs and (2) floppies.
When I created a copy of the SuSE CD 1, xcdroast quit with an error message
but I found that all the data seems to have been copied and I could boot from
the duplicate CD. But when I used dos 'diskcopy' to copy the the 'boot'
floppy, I found that I could not boot from the floppy. Is there a '/s' option
that I need to use to make the floppy bootable.

Thanks

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Boot floppy

Post by Nico Kadel-Garci » Wed, 13 Mar 2002 07:41:56



Quote:> Hi

> I have a couple of questions.

> 1) When I installed SuSE 7.1/kernel 2.4 on my system, I am not sure,
> I created a boot floppy. Is there a quick way to create a boot floppy
> than to recompile a kernel for a compressed image with several options.

This clearly came out wrong. What is your question? Whether SuSE has a
built-in way to easily create a boot floppy? If it has the same utility as
RedHat, the tool is mkbootdisk and it will try to use your current kernel,
with appropriate modules pre-loaded.

Quote:> 2) I am trying to make duplicate copies of the (3) SuSE CDs and (2)
floppies.
> When I created a copy of the SuSE CD 1, xcdroast quit with an error
message
> but I found that all the data seems to have been copied and I could boot
from
> the duplicate CD. But when I used dos 'diskcopy' to copy the the 'boot'
> floppy, I found that I could not boot from the floppy. Is there a '/s'
option
> that I need to use to make the floppy bootable.

There shouldn't be. I'm unfamiliar with "diskcopy", so I'm not sure if it
duplicated the *file* of the boot floppy image, rather than writing the boot
floppy image directly. To write the image directly, use something like "dd
if=boot.img of=/dev/fd0".

 
 
 

Boot floppy

Post by ER » Thu, 14 Mar 2002 04:20:51


On Mon, 11 Mar 2002 18:51:03 UTC, "Kannan, R."

[...]
+ 2) I am trying to make duplicate copies of the (3) SuSE CDs and (2)
+ floppies. When I created a copy of the SuSE CD 1, xcdroast quit
+ with an error message  but I found that all the data seems to have
+ been copied and I could boot from  the duplicate CD. But when I
+ used dos 'diskcopy' to copy the the 'boot' floppy, I found that I
+ could not boot from the floppy. Is there a '/s' option that I need
+ to use to make the floppy bootable.

I posted a 'diskcopy' shell script a while back that should work on
most Unices and Linux. Search Google Groups for the thread. You need
to read the whole thread because I also posted a fix or two to the
script IIRC. Unless I'm mistaken it was in the alt.os.linux.caldera
NG. If you can't find the post then e-mail me for a copy and I'll
send it to you.


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1. use floppy when boot linux by boot floppy

Hello, I need help on using utility floppy when my linux is boot
by floppy.

Booting is ok, but I need some utilities like "mkdosfs" ...,
which are not contained in the boot&root diskettes. So I make a
utility floppy (mke2fs /dev/fd0; mount -t ext2 /dev/fd0 /mnt;
cp /sbin/mkdosfs /mnt;) on another linux. Then I insert this
utility floppy back to my linux and mount it to /floppy.
Although, the "mkdosfs" can be seen by "ls" and "cat",
it can't be executed. The error message is "mkdosfs not found".
The boot&root diskettes are from Slackware.

I have check out Linux Bootdisk HOWTO but still have no idea what
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