scored a floppy drive from a stripped PC
managed to create a bootable dsl live USB
Tested on my main desktop at work and plop booted and could start the live USB
Next tested on an old laptop at work and boot floppy did not work
Tried to recreate plop floppy on another desktop and it failed; formatted the floppy and next I could create a new plop floppy.
Tried again on old laptop and it worked; boot from flop, start live USB; however USB could not always be found
Tested on original main desktop and it worked 100% reliable
Took the stuff home and boot floppy did not work
Replaced floppy drive and it worked. Image created using dsl, took about 3 hours. Old private information removed and currently wiping the free space. Will make a new image tomorrow of the clean HD.
The debian version has to wait for the next machine that might even have less memory.