The floppy drive controller on my AS200 seems to have gone bad (see
previous post "Floppy drive problem on AS200" for details). I rarely
ever use it so it isn't much of a problem. However, I want to install
RedHat 6.1, and I can't figure out how to without using a boot floppy.
I have a few ideas, but I'm not sure if they will work:
Write the boot image to a zip disk and boot with a SCSI zip drive
Try to boot off of a CD-ROM from milo
Pump the hard drive using another Alpha
Mount the RH 6.1 CD, cd to the RPM directory, and run
"rpm -Uvh --nodeps --force *"
I don't know if the first two are possible with my hardware. The third
idea would work, but it'd be a real pain. The last one might leave my
system is bad state.
My system currently has a somewhat flakey RedHat 5.1 installation with
various bits and pieces of 5.2, 6.0, 6.1, and Rawhide.