Installing 5.0 (boot from floppy)

Installing 5.0 (boot from floppy)

Post by Peter Erickso » Fri, 30 May 2003 01:10:50

I am having trouble installing 5.0 onto a 486 using the floppy images to
boot from since my cdrom is not supported. Once I get into the sysinstall, I
need to load the cd9660 (or something like that) driver from the 'drivers'
disk so that i can install from the cdrom. I setup the drive slice as one
that takes up the whole disk and then created a swap partition and a /
partition. When selecting the distribution to install, I selected the 'User'
dist. After installing the OS and rebooting, I get the following on the
screen and then nothing.

F1    FreeBSD

Default: F1

error 1 lba 1390879
No /boot/loader

FreeBSD/i386 boot
Default: 0:ad(0,a)/kernel
No /kernel

FreeBSD/i386 boot
Default: 0:ad(0,a)/kernel

To check and see if it was a problem with the disks or not, I tried to
install the OS on a pentium machine that I had laying around that was able
to boot of the cd. After installing the OS and rebooting, the system worked
without a problem. Anyone know why the 486 wont boot? Any help is
appreaciated. Thanks in advance.


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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
happen here. Can you help? Thanks a lot.

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