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excerpt from README_USB.TXT
With the release of Slackware 12.0, the era of floppy-boot has come
to a definite end. The reason is simple - the Linux 2.6 kernel will not
fit on a single floppy, even in it's most condensed configuration.
In this README, I will show you how to use a bootable USB stick to
install Slackware. This method - creating the USB equivalent of a
boot/root floppy pair - is easy to use and fast. It requires that your
computer is able to boot from USB-HDD.
Originally Posted by Dankles
A linux boot floppy always works. then you can 'chroot' in and fix it up.
Not always! First you must have the hardware. Second the kernel image must support said hardware. My meaning is you will need a floppy disk that will read the format of the floppy. You will then need to be sure the hardware will support the image on the floppy. That said, you could boot the image then mount a valid filesystem that contains the kernel and chroot to that system. Then modify as needed.
I would suggest that you read the thread again! I have.
I could not get any of the floppy distros I tried ('E', tomsrtbt, small, ...) to mount the drive because of FS errors.
I tried to repartition and reformat it, but none of the disks have mkfs.ext3 or 2.
I cannot even mount the thumb drive (sda1) because they all said that their kernels did not support vfat or fat32.
In sbootmgr there is an option for 'Quit to BIOS', 'Power Off', 'Reboot', 'Floppy', and 'Harddisk'. The flash drive is in.
Is there any way to get it formatted from a floppy?? If there is, I could copy the needed files to it over the network...
I might end up having to go and buy an adapter to plug the laptop(this computer's) HD in to a desktop to install something.
Last edited by Mallegonian; 08-20-2007 at 12:22 PM.
Reason: More info