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I have a file (.tgz) which is meant to be simply copied to a floppy disc.
I donīt have a floppy disc, so I would like to convert the file to a .img file, so that it looks like a floppy disc but is on my hard drive.
How do I do this? I have looked quite a lot. Surely there is some application that does it easily.
(In case it helps, this is for installation of Basic Linux, which comes on two floppy discs with ms-dos file systems.
Ooh! I didnīt put in the full path to the output directory! Anyway, I found the .img file and moved it to the correct folder.
Unfortunately, it still wonīt work, as it seems my problem is a bit more complicated:
the .img file isnīt of use as it didnīt have a DOS file system on it. I think i need to create a .img file, mount it, put a dos file system on it, copy over the file, unmount it. That is my guess. I donīt know whether that is correct, or how to do it. Also, I dont think this process I suggested will actually leave me a .img file in my folder as required.
I tried doing something like this before but it didnt work. One thing is that nautilus cant handle places - there was some error message with this.
I just checked. Yes, there is already an image file in the archive. That is what you want to use as the image file for VirtualBox.
The readme included in the archive is as follows:
Welcome to BasicLinux 3.5
BL3 is a mini-Linux designed specifically for old PCs. It provides a slim
2.2.26 kernel, a user-friendly shell and a good assortment of utilities.
BL3 includes a web browser, comm program, mail client, telnet client, wget,
DHCP and dial-up PPP. It also has a small-footprint GUI and some graphical
applications, including the MagicPoint presentation tool.
This version of BasicLinux boots from two floppies and runs in a ramdisk.
It has an option to install itself onto a Linux harddrive partition.
Minimum requirements for the floppy version
Intel 386 or compatible
two blank floppies (DOS format)
How to put BasicLinux on the floppies
In the zip file, you will find disk1.img and disk2.tgz. Floppy 2 is easy.
Simply copy disk2.tgz to an empty DOS floppy and label it floppy 2.
Floppy 1 is more complicated -- a simple copy is not enough. You have to
write the raw image (disk1.img) to the floppy.
In Linux, this is done with the dd command:
dd if=disk1.img of=/dev/fd0
In DOS, you use rawrite.exe or fdimage.exe to write raw images.
The BL3 zip file includes fdimage.exe. Here is the command:
fdimage disk1.img a:
WARNING: The floppy used for disk 1 must be perfect (no bad sectors).
The routines for writing raw images are not error-tolerant.
Insert floppy 1 and reboot the system. Floppy 1 will boot Linux and tell
you when to insert floppy 2. When floppy 2 has finished loading, remove it.
BL3 is able to use older PCMCIA cards (serial, IDE and PCnet). To activate
a card, insert it in the PCMCIA slot and then execute: /etc/pcmcia/start
BasicLinux has good networking capabilities. To help you configure your
network interface, BasicLinux includes a file called "netsetup", which
outlines the steps to follow. Just edit "netsetup" to match your situation
and execute it.
If you have a suitable modem, you can run pppsetup to configure a connection
to your Internet Service Provider. Note: many of the modems in Windows
computers are designed to work only with Windows -- they do not work with
Installing BasicLinux to harddisk
From inside BL3, use fdisk and mke2fs to create a Linux partition on your
harddisk. Mount that partition at /hd and execute install-to-hd.
BasicLinux is free software. I have done my best to make it error-free,
but there is no guarantee regarding its fitness for any purpose. You use
it at your own risk.
BasicLinux 3 is designed for old PCs with limited RAM. It is not suitable
for mission-critical systems and should not be used on systems containing
I need the .img file that comes with the download for sure. The good thing about it is that it works well as it is on the hard disk. I donīt have to change it. It is the first ĻfloppyĻ. (How I wish the second floppy were like this format!)
There are two floppys needed though. Launching that first .img file runs well but then it says insert the second floppy. It is this second floppy with which I am having trouble, because it isnīt a .img file. It is a .tgz file.
I have tried unpacking the .tgz file in the hope that it is a .img. It does not unpack to a .img. I need to somehow get that DISK2.TGZ put onto a a DOS file system floppy .img file.
You are supposed to copy disk2.tgz onto the second floppy as a normal file, it is not an image.
Yes, I know that I should put the DISK2.TGZ file onto a real floppy disc. That would be easy, if I had a real floppy disc and a real floppy drive. I have neither real floppy disc nor real floppy drive. I am trying to do this all off a hard disk and will use a virtual machine.
So, could somebody tell me how I could create a .img file that looks like a DOS floppy disc that has had the DISK2.TGZ file moved onto it?