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Guys, I have decided to give debian GNU/Linux a chance. So, I downloaded the "woody" Official i386 Binary-1 image from the web and burned the CD. So far so good, the problem is that machine I am trying to install it at is quite old and doesn't boot from a CD. How can I create a boot floppy to install debian from there? Can you guys give me a hand on this? TIA, -Marvin...

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    Default Booting from a floppy to install debian

    Guys,

    I have decided to give debian GNU/Linux a chance. So, I downloaded the "woody" Official i386 Binary-1 image from the web and burned the CD. So far so good, the problem is that machine I am trying to install it at is quite old and doesn't boot from a CD.

    How can I create a boot floppy to install debian from there? Can you guys give me a hand on this?

    TIA,

    -Marvin

    Marvin Aguero Guest

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    Default Re: Booting from a floppy to install debian

    Marvin Aguero wrote:
    > Guys,
    >
    > I have decided to give debian GNU/Linux a chance. So, I downloaded the
    > "woody" Official i386 Binary-1 image from the web and burned the CD.
    > So far so good, the problem is that machine I am trying to install it
    > at is quite old and doesn't boot from a CD.
    >
    > How can I create a boot floppy to install debian from there? Can you
    > guys give me a hand on this?
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > -Marvin
    I _vaguely_ recall reading on this list that there's a script on the CD
    to make floppies, but as I say, it's a hazy recollection and could be wrong.

    However, if you can boot into DOS/Win95/etc (to a "DOS-mode only") with
    the DOS drivers for your CD loaded, there should be a batch file on the
    CD, something like "install.bat" or "start.bat", which will start the
    installation process.



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    On Tue, Jul 15, 2003 at 10:52:40PM -0600, Marvin Aguero wrote:
    > Guys,
    >
    > I have decided to give debian GNU/Linux a chance. So, I downloaded the "woody" Official i386 Binary-1 image from the web and burned the CD. So far so good, the problem is that machine I am trying to install it at is quite old and doesn't boot from a CD.
    >
    > How can I create a boot floppy to install debian from there? Can you guysgive me a hand on this?
    There are binary images of the floppy disks necessary to boot and
    install Debian on the CDs. If you have a working unixoid system you can
    run:
    dd if=image-name of=/dev/fd0

    in any case this is well described in the installation manual in the
    section about boot media and boot floppies.

    Bijan


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    iD8DBQE/FOP1Uof+95vTyAwRAiETAKCUTMo8kzGkkWH8CkJ5yZrUdgIgWw CeN3yf
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    Bijan Soleymani Guest

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    Default Re: Booting from a floppy to install debian

    On Tue, Jul 15, 2003 at 10:52:40PM -0600, Marvin Aguero wrote:
    >
    > Guys,
    >
    > I have decided to give debian GNU/Linux a chance. So, I downloaded the "woody"
    > Official i386 Binary-1 image from the web and burned the CD. So far so good,
    > the problem is that machine I am trying to install it at is quite old and
    > doesn't boot from a CD.
    >
    > How can I create a boot floppy to install debian from there? Can you guys give
    > me a hand on this?
    >
    Although I haven't tried this, you could create just one floppy using the
    sbm.bin image located in the install/ directory on the cd. After
    booting off this floppy, you can then proceed to boot off the CD,
    bypassing the BIOS limitation.

    Check out install/README.sbm on the CD.

    Paul


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    Default Re: Booting from a floppy to install debian

    Em Tue, 15 Jul 2003 22:52:40 -0600, Marvin Aguero <magueroracsa.co.cr>
    escreveu:
    > Guys,
    >
    > I have decided to give debian GNU/Linux a chance. So, I downloaded the
    > "woody" Official i386 Binary-1 image from the web and burned the CD.
    > So far so good, the problem is that machine I am trying to install it
    > at is quite old and doesn't boot from a CD.
    >
    > How can I create a boot floppy to install debian from there? Can you
    > guys give me a hand on this?
    You probably want to create 2 floppies, from

    http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/woody/main/disks-i386/current/images-1.44/bf2.4/rescue.bin>

    [url]http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/woody/main/disks-i386/current/images-1.44/bf2.4/root.bin[/url]

    Read more at doentation:

    [url]http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch-install-methods.en.html#s-create-floppy[/url]

    []s,

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