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Old 05-29-2003, 06:54 PM   #1
braindefeated
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Angry How to replace my boot flopy disk???


Hi Guys,

I'm almost as new in Linux like I'm in this forum! I succesfully installed SuSE 8.1 in my machine and I used the "boot from a floppy disk" option to start my Linux, i.e. without the disk the computer starts in Win XP. The problem comes today when I find that my precious floppy disk doesn't work and I have no way to get into Linux.

BTW, I also don't have the Linux install CD's with me now. Does anyboy know where can I find whatever that disk contained to create another one and be a happy linux user again???

Thanks!

BrainDefeated!
 
Old 05-29-2003, 07:20 PM   #2
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Try this link:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/CXO/..._20442966.html

Hint: I found it by doing a search on Google for:

blank boot floppy disk SuSE 8.1

In retrospect, the "blank" should not have been there, but it still got the results.

HTH
Steve
 
Old 05-29-2003, 08:32 PM   #3
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Steve,

Thanks for your input. I checked that link an it is very good, but unfortunately my main problem is that I cannot get into Linux and most of the answers there even the interlinks are to create a boot disk in linux... I need to create it from Win XP...

Any thoughts?

Ed.
 
Old 05-29-2003, 08:57 PM   #4
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Duh.. sorry about that

OK Lessee ....

You'll need to find an image file to write to a floppy, and download it.

I found one here:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/8.1
in the boot subdirectory

Then you need to write that image to a floppy:

I found these instructions on this site:

http://jgo.local.net/LinuxGuide/redh...createbootdisk

Quote:
Create a Bootdisk

You will not have to create a bootdisk if you have the CD-ROM these days with a newer computer. Just go into your BIOS as your computer starts up and make it look at the CD-ROM drive first. With your CD-ROM in the drive, it should take you directly to installation, so you can skip the rest of this bootdisk creation section. Having a bootable CD-ROM just makes things so much easier.

Go to the DOS prompt and insert a 1.44 megabyte floppy into your a: drive. From the CD-ROM prompt (drive D I'll assume... you know what drive it is), go to the directory where the DOS Utilities are (\DOSUTILS). Type rawrite -f \images\boot.img -d a:. The source file should be a file called boot.img in the \images directory (so you would type in "\images\boot.img" as the target) and the target should be your a: drive (type "a:")." After you do this, set the disk aside to use later.
I do not have Windows at home (other than W98 on SWMBO's machine), so the specifics may be different. In any case, you need to run rawrite, which you can find all over the show on the web.

You will find them in the directory at the top of the page.

Here is a useful link:
http://www.suse.de/en/private/support/index.html

You need to learn how to search the web, you know!

HTH
Steve
 
Old 05-31-2003, 05:11 PM   #5
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I finnaly got it to work!

It's definetly a pain to have to depend on a floopy so I think I will install something like LILO or GRUB on my computer.

Thanks Steve!

Ed.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 01:39 AM   #6
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You can save a disk image of the floppy (on Windows) with the Rawrite program, similar to the Linux 'dd' command.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 10:43 AM   #7
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Re: I finnaly got it to work!

Quote:
Originally posted by braindefeated
It's definetly a pain to have to depend on a floopy so I think I will install something like LILO or GRUB on my computer.

Thanks Steve!

Ed.
Hey, way to go!

Glad it worked out for you.

Steve
 
  


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