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Old 10-08-2005, 05:15 PM   #1
matazar42
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dd input/output error


Hello,
I've had a lot of trouble with this one. I'm trying to update my bios on my Thinkpad 600 because I keep getting an

ISOLINUX 2.13 2004-12-14 isolinux: 0142E58B

error in the middle of the screen when I boot with the slackware install cd or any other Live Linux CD except Knoppix which boots up fine. Go figure.

Anyway, so in order to update the bios (which is what I heard I need to do) I downloaded the update from the IBM website. What I downloaded was a self extracting exe that made a bootable update floppy. The problem is that my Thinkpad dosn't have a floppy dirve. You think they would've known that seeing as how they built it.

So I do some reserch on how to make boot CD's out of boot floppies and all the instructions say to use the dd command. I use it and get this output:

[matthew@localhost matthew]$ dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/home/matthew/biosUpdate.img
dd: reading `/dev/fd0': Input/output error
360+0 records in
360+0 records out
[matthew@localhost matthew]$

If you know how to make dd work or you know an easier way to make my Slackware install work any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Matthew
 
Old 10-08-2005, 05:33 PM   #2
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Re: dd input/output error

Quote:
Originally posted by matazar42
[matthew@localhost matthew]$ dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/home/matthew/biosUpdate.img
dd: reading `/dev/fd0': Input/output error
360+0 records in
360+0 records out
[matthew@localhost matthew]$

If you know how to make dd work or you know an easier way to make my Slackware install work any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Matthew [/B]
I read your post wrong. edited: due to wrong informtion

Last edited by TexasDevilDog; 10-08-2005 at 06:56 PM.
 
Old 10-08-2005, 05:47 PM   #3
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Old 10-08-2005, 06:22 PM   #4
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I just noticed from your first post that you might not be logged in as root.
Never mind about mounting thingy I said. I tried it without mouting and got this.

[root@localhost Richard]# dd if=/dev/fd0 of=test2.img
2880+0 records in
2880+0 records out[root@localhost Richard]# ls -l
total 1972
drwxr-xr-x 2 Richard Richard 4096 Oct 8 00:51 Desktop
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 262144 Oct 8 17:17 test1.img
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1474560 Oct 8 17:18 test2.img
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 262144 Oct 8 17:16 test.img
[root@localhost Richard]# file test2.img
test2.img: x86 boot sector, Microsoft Windows 98 Bootloader, code offset 0x3c, OEM-ID "MSWIN4.1", root entries 224, sectors 2880 (volumes <=32 MB) , sectors/FAT 9, serial number 0x394f17d9, unlabeled, FAT (12 bit)
[root@localhost Richard]#

Maybe you have a bad disk, have you tried booting from it. Then try reformatting the disk and making the image on the disk again.

AND......
[root@localhost Richard]# mkdir /mnt/image
[root@localhost Richard]# mount test2.img /mnt/image -t msdos -o loop=/dev/loop3
[root@localhost Richard]# ls /mnt/image -l
total 689
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 105 Sep 29 2000 autoexec.bat
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 28096 Aug 24 1996 chkdsk.exe
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5175 Aug 24 1996 choice.com
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 93880 May 11 1998 command.com
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 233 Sep 29 2000 config.sys
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 68871 May 11 1998 drvspace.bin
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 69902 May 11 1998 edit.com
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 63116 Aug 24 1996 fdisk.exe
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 49543 Aug 24 1996 format.com
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 33191 Aug 24 1996 himem.sys
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 222390 May 11 1998 io.sys
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25473 May 11 1998 mscdex.exe
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 9 May 11 1998 msdos.sys
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 18967 Aug 24 1996 sys.com
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 22208 Jun 13 1997 usdide.sys
[root@localhost Richard]#

Last edited by TexasDevilDog; 10-08-2005 at 06:55 PM.
 
  


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