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Old 03-07-2004, 07:17 AM   #1
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Create a Mandrake boot disk

I am trying to create a bootdisk for my Linux installation. From what I've read from many other forums, all seem to have suggested me to just go to the command line and type something like
mkbootdisk $(uname -r)
or something of that sort , or go to the Mandrake control centre and create a bootdisk from there.
But, as it appears none of them actually works (or at least it didn't work for me). It kept on giving me a message saying that the floppy is full and it aborted the bootdisk making right away.
What should I have done here?
Thank you for any advice
Old 03-07-2004, 07:31 AM   #2
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Is the floppy actually full? In which case, get a blank one, or format/erase the full one.

Is the floppy actually blank (and not full)? Is the "read-only" thingy in the upper corner perhaps set accidentally?

Did any of these procedures appear to actually access the floppy drive before failing? If not, either something is wrong with your floppy drive or the system has misconfigured the drive (check your /etc/fstab).

Hope this helps.

Last edited by motub; 03-07-2004 at 07:33 AM.
Old 03-07-2004, 07:45 AM   #3
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Hi, I have formatted the floppy earlier. And, it is not being set to read only (note : i've just formatted it). Yes, it did copied something to the floppy before it stops. Just as it stops, I go to the floopy screen, and it has 3 files in it(so it is a half-done floppy)
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The kernel is probably to big to fit on a floppy. You could make a rescue cd by typing "mkrescue --iso"
There may be a similar option for the mkbootdisk program, but you will have more options to enter in.
The rescue disk does have a menu option for booting, so that may be enough for you.

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