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Old 05-11-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
Benny7440
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Question How to create a 3.5" diskette from DSL at an HP-Compaq nx9010 laptop to boot Puppy...


...from an SD card with a usb adapter?

Right now I'm using DSL from this laptop (my only computer that boots and can connect via LAN and my only bootable OS). Have a couple of cds with OS's but can't be used to boot this laptop. Strange, because this same computer was booted up many years ago, while still holding a damaged HDD, by Ubuntu 8? as well as by one Puppy Linux.

Right now, the led from the floppy drive has been on for more that 29 mins. but haven't found a way to kill whtaever process is mantaining it "busy".

The main reason for attempting this is that the browser that DSL carry is too outdated to be fully usable and I haven't found a way to use something better.

I'm almost sure that somewhere, someone wrote something that can start the booting process from a 3.5" floppy and then the rest of the procedure is located elsewhere (i.e., an SD Card via an usb adapter).

Thanks to anybody that has an idea as to how to proceed!

PS. The VAIO appearing in the signature area is the one that turned off, apparently, for good.

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Old 05-11-2014, 05:09 PM   #2
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a boot "floppy" is only a copy of the boot sector
Code:
dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/BootImage.bin bs=512 count=1
then copy the image to the floppy
Code:
mkdir /mnt/floppy
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
cp /BootImage.bin /mnt/floppy
mind you the corrent Operating systems do not even look for a old floppy drive anymore .So you might have to pass
Code:
modeprobe floppy

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Old 05-11-2014, 07:14 PM   #3
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All I can do is point to what I did ages ago

http://yatsite.blogspot.com/2008/09/...indows-95.html

I've used this also to boot up old gear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q3zsYCE5gA

Make a PLOP floppy

http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/plpbt.bin.html#runflp

You should be able to boot Puppy off of flash drive using PLOP.

The dd commands given above should be a big help also.
 
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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Are you trying to fix the floppy or change the OS?
 
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:37 AM   #5
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Thanks for replying to all of you guys (John VV, rokytnji & jefro)!

To John VV first: I tried the command 'modeprobe floppy' but received a command not found message; remember, I'm using an old OS (DSL).

With respect to the other commands I guess that 'dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/BootImage.bin bs=512 count=1' suppose that I'm taking "a file" from sda1 and copying it into a temporary file (in ram memory?) for later copying it into the disk.

From emelfm, I found the following: </mnt/auo/cdrom> (after mount)
boot.cat 1024 Bytes
boot.msg 105 "
help.msg 1036 "
initrd.gz 1.72 MB
isolinux.bin 14.00 KBytes
isolinux.cfg 138 Bytes
logo.16 19.31 KBytes
lupu-511.sfs 125.57 MBytes
vmlinuz 2.13 MBytes

Which of those files I'm supposed to move to the disk for this to work? After formatting the disk as 1440 KB received the following message: ... Read error: Input/Output error - Problem reading cyl 0, expected 18432, read -1. Is this serious? How much?

To rokytnji: I spent a lot of time browsing the links you provided about plop; since I don't have Flash (and can't install it to Bon Echo) I didn't see the YouTube video. Considering both methods but will wait unil tommorrow to try them. Have an old desktop that's running Win95, not sure if its' BIOS would let me boot from cdrom...

To jefro: I'm not sure if there's something to fix in the floppy but I'm certainly willing to run Puppy again at this laptop.
 
Old 05-13-2014, 01:50 AM   #6
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# 5 .
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'modeprobe floppy' ..... command not found
``modeprobe´´ is a typo.
Please always use bash completion : # mod<TAB>

.. and you will see : modprobe


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Old 05-14-2014, 11:22 AM   #7
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Thanks, knudfl, for replying with usefullness!

After running the command with & without a diskette insterted received the mesage "Can't locate the module floppy". I then started emelfm, navigated to /mnt/auto/floppy and clicked once at floppy and mounted it, then reran the command and received the same mssage. BTW, after clicking on 'mount' command for the floppy its' led remained on for a lot of mins.; within this context I would like to know if you know of an api within DSL that could be used to 'kill' a process if it went rouge and never appear to stop.

Thanks in advance to anyone with good info on these!
 
Old 05-14-2014, 03:49 PM   #8
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kill should stop stuff but exactly what I can't say.

http://www.linux.org/threads/kill-co...-signals.4423/

I'd make a known good floppy. Be sure it is exactly what this drive can read. It 720 then 720 if 1.44 then 1.44. Very few can read 2.88.
Then I'd try to boot the floppy. I'm not sold on if the drive or disc is good or not.
 
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