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Old 11-03-2007, 08:37 AM   #1
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Need a Distro that comes with dos utility for creating linux boot disk


Hi,

I got an pc with these specs:
* P120
* 64Mb ram
* 512Mb hard drive
* working floppy drive
* cdrom/dvd (bios does not support boot from cd)
* no mouse (serial ports only)
* no usb or network cards
* Mach64 pci based videocard
* pci soundcard (soundblaster 16)

I plan to use this as an isolated machine for text based operations like:
* runnnig and compiling c, c++ programs
* inform text adventures
* play the odd .mod (via mikmod for example).
* As many dos based tools as possible (that a measly 500Mb would fit)

Probable partitions
/swap 50-100Mb)
/ (200Mb)
/home (200Mb)


I have been looking at few distros like suse 10.2 and xbuntu 7.10 (text based install and minimum options) and DSL. But my problem is getting a distro that will let me create a linux boot disk from the dos prompt on this old machine. I have the xbuntu 7.10 cd iso burnt - but its useless since I can't boot from it and don't have any prepared linux boot disk.
Can anyone offer any ideas what I can do or if there is a distro that comes ready with the dos tools to create an boot disk? It would be nice to get the machine going for something. Thanks.

Last edited by hamster; 11-03-2007 at 08:39 AM. Reason: clarity
 
Old 11-03-2007, 08:46 AM   #2
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Most distros include rawrite.exe or similar. Open the cd in Windows explorer and have a look at the directories. There are also usually help files which assist with creating a boot disk.
 
Old 11-03-2007, 08:55 AM   #3
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Most distros include rawrite.exe or similar. Open the cd in Windows explorer and have a look at the directories. There are also usually help files which assist with creating a boot disk.
Found something specific here
. I'll try the freedos route and see if that works around the problem.
 
Old 11-05-2007, 03:24 PM   #4
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Could do a search for your distro of choice and bootfloppy.. .

Debian for instance has Floppy images available to do a Network install of Debian on a system using only floppies..
http://www.debian.org/distrib/floppyinst
 
Old 11-05-2007, 05:34 PM   #5
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Could do a search for your distro of choice and bootfloppy.. .

Debian for instance has Floppy images available to do a Network install of Debian on a system using only floppies..
http://www.debian.org/distrib/floppyinst
Thanks farslayer - I'll check it out this weekend. As I said it doesn't have network access at all. A limited pc with a basic command line linux flavour I guess. Maybe something like Knoppix or Peanuts. I'll check it out this weekend anyhow.
 
Old 11-05-2007, 09:04 PM   #6
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I missed th eno network line..

Maybe some of these floppy based distros are still good..
http://users.sunet.com.au/~tsn/floppy_linux.html
 
  


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