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Re: Floppies?

From: Walter Venable <weaseal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 12:42:36 -0400

Sarunas V. wrote:
On Mon, 12 Jul 2004 04:38:47 -0400, user wrote:


I have a machine that requires floppies to boot (to install from CD).
However, this system actually has 1.0-CURRENT installed (around July
1st).  Is there a way to run the installer from CD after the system has
booted, since there appear to be no floppies available?  Thanks,

I'm not fully sure where the installer is located in a CD, but I'm pretty
sure that you can.

There are another two ways in which you can lunch the installer:

1. Go to your BIOS, and set your first boot device to cdrom. With some
   BIOS'es you even don't have to do that, you can just  press F11 as for
   my BIOS, your one may vary.

2. If your BIOS doesn't support booting from cdrom, you can download

Then "#dd if=sbootmgr.dsk of=/dev/fd0" to add it to floppy. Reboot the
machine, insert the floppy so it can be read of and loaded after POST.
Choose the option to boot from CD-ROM, dfly will be loaded from a CD,
then install it.

Hope that helps,
Kind Regards,

Unfortunately the boot-from-CD is not an option. The system doesn't support it. Too old.

The Slackware boot disk didn't seem to help. When I told it to use the CDRom drive, it just said "Disk error 0x01." The CD was in the drive.

I can't seem to locate how to activate the installer after having mounted the CD-rom. Any hints?

Walter Venable

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