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Old 03-05-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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Loop File System and Bootable floppy disk image


I am trying to make a bootable floppy disk image big enough to contain my bios upgrade, flash utility and the fdos kernel in it. My bios upgrade itself is 4M.
The one I originally created was of 144. Therefore too small to accomodate the soft i needed to put in it.
This is the process I have been using to create that boottable floopy image:
$ mkdir /tmp/floppy
I am then mounting that image as such containing "fdos" with the "loop" file system and vfat:
$ sudo mount -t vfat -o loop FDOEM.144 /tmp/floppy
Then I need to copy my bios update and the flash utility but this bios update is 4M. The bootable image is only 1.4M.

Could anyone tell me how to make that bootable image bigger ?

Kind Regards,
Old 03-05-2010, 06:42 PM   #2
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Diskette is only 2 megs. 1.44 after format.

Make a bootable USB image maybe
Old 03-08-2010, 03:45 AM   #3
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yes that is correct, but it is actually not creating a floppy image as such (my apologies as I am expressing myself very badly) but creating a bootable image with freedos, my bios update, and the flashing utilities in it. In this site -->, they have made bigger ones but I actually do not know which one to pick. Since flashing a bios under windows could have massive consequences, I do not want to mess it up under linux...
I was actually trying to follow this POST here --> in order to make that bootable image. I have to say that it is really hard since I am a newbie and a massive learning curve but I am having fun.



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