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RE: [K12OSN] HD boot-Format 1722kb floppy on Fedora Core 2



Thanks it worked this time. Perhaps 5.2.5 image is no good. 

What is the difference between dd and cat?

-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-bounces redhat com [mailto:k12osn-bounces redhat com] On Behalf
Of cliebow downeast net
Sent: Monday, 11 October 2004 1:21 p.m.
To: Support list for opensource software in schools.
Subject: RE: [K12OSN] HD boot-Format 1722kb floppy on Fedora Core 2

try dd...and use 5.0.11 if possible

dd if=eb-5.0.11-yournic.lzdsk of=/dev/hda

ive moved 40 gig windows partitions with dd...cant get a handle on oyur
samba problem
ch
uck

> I tried doing cat to hard drive from floppy but I kept getting garbage on
> the screen, so I attached the destination HD and did 
> $ cat eb-5.2.5-yournic.zdsk > /dev/hdc 
> but when I try to boot from the hard drive it get the following messages.
> 
> Loading ROM image.
> 8000 AX:0208 BX:0000 CX 0002 D:0000
> ..
> 8000 AX:0208 BX:0000 CX 0002 D:0000
> .. 
> 8000 AX:0208 BX:0000 CX 0002 D:0000
> ..
> 8000 AX:0208 BX:0000 CX 0002 D:0000
> ..
> 
> What does this mean? 
> 
> I was able to boot this machine using a floppy previously but I started
> repeatedly getting a similar message. I thought it was a floppy drive
> problem so I decided to try using HD boot.
> 
> I also have other machines that show the same kind of problems.
> 
> Any advice.
> 
> Will it work better if I use the more complex zlilo method?
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: k12osn-bounces redhat com [mailto:k12osn-bounces redhat com] On
Behalf
> Of Terrell Prudé, Jr.
> Sent: Sunday, 10 October 2004 10:48 a.m.
> To: Support list for opensource software in schools.
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] HD boot-Format 1722kb floppy on Fedora Core 2
> 
> Krsnendu dasa wrote:
> 
> >I am trying to set up booting from the hard drive on K12LTSP using Toms's
> >boot disk. When I run the install on one of my servers (K12LTSP4.01) the
> >floppies don't verify. I heard some floppy drives/ systems just don't
work.
> >So I tried it on another box (K12LTSP 4.1.0) and I get the message
"Device
> >not found" Does anyone have advice how to format 1722kb floppies using
> >Fedora Core 2. This seems to be the sticking point.
> >
> >Perhaps there is another way to do this. If there is a 1.44 MB boot image
> >that will allow me to format my HD so I can copy the etherboot image that
> >might be easier. If someone can send an image that I can copy direct to
> 1.44
> >floppy that would be fantastic! :-)
> >
> >Other suggestions welcome.
> >
> >
> >Background: I have been using floppies to boot my client computers but
have
> >found them a. unreliable (many floppy disk errors) b. the floppy drive is
> >used up by the boot floppy because c. if the kids take the floppies out
> they
> >lose them.
> >
> >Etherboot BootROM nics are too expensive to get. I already have the hard
> >drives and have no other use for them. I have about 8-9 like this
> >
> >My new terminals have PXE on the motherboard NIC. Much easier:>)
> >
> >  
> >
> 
> There is indeed another way to do this (gotta love Free Software!).  I 
> have a couple of 32MB Pentium I terminals here that boot to K12LTSP from 
> the hard disk.  My NICs are 3Com 3C905 and Realtek 8129.  No floppy 
> needed for these babies.  :-)  Basically, you simply cat the EtherBoot 
> floppy to your hard disk.  Here's how I did it.
> 
> Make your EtherBoot boot floppy.  Grab something like Damn Small Linux 
> (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org) and burn the ISO image to  a CD-R.  Boot 
> your terminal with it.  D.S.L. has actually been shown to allow GUI 
> access in 16MB DRAM on a 486!!  
> (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/486.html)  Of course, I would recommend 
> no less than 32MB on the clients.
> 
> Once you're booted, pop your EtherBoot boot floppy in and do this:
> 
>   root box# cat /dev/fd0 /dev/hda
> 
> What this will do is copy the contents of your EtherBoot floppy right to 
> the hard disk, starting from Sector 0,0,1, thus over-writing your MBR 
> and partition table (kiss that Windows 95 installation goodbye!  :-D ).  
> Your computer will from then on boot from the EtherBoot code every time, 
> just like from a really, Really, REALLY fast, HUUUUUGE "boot floppy."  
> The above command assumes an IDE disk, since that tends to describe most 
> older 486/Pentiums.  For SCSI disks, just replace "/dev/hda" with 
> "/dev/sda"; D.S.L. correctly recognized my Adaptec 2930U, even though 
> there's nothing on it.  Of course all of this assumes that you have only 
> one disk drive of any sort in the box, or if there's also a CD-ROM 
> drive, that the hard disk (if IDE) is the primary master; CD-ROMs should 
> ideally be the secondary master, if present.
> 
> HTH,
> 
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