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Old 04-14-2004, 11:01 AM   #1
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Unhappy Creating boot floppy

Hi everyone! I am also a newbie with Linux. I installed Mandrake 9.1. All works properly. But when I tried to create boot floppy (to copy kernel image on it) and to boot from the floppy, I got:

Uncompressing Linux....
invalid compressed format (err=1)
-- System Halted

I have a root in /dev/hde7 (that's what is written in lilo.conf and I don't have problems with booting by LILO)
I copied kernel by command :
dd if=/boot/vmlinuz of=/dev/fd0
I'd tried to boot from floppy and got that error messege
After that I tried to show to image on the floppy, where is my root (I saw it in some book on Linux system administration):
rdev /dev/fd0 /dev/hde7
Still nothing!!!
Does somebody exactly know what's problem?
Thank you.
Old 04-14-2004, 04:23 PM   #2
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I recommend that you try a different approach. Section 8 of the following tutorial explains a different way to create a lilo boot floppy. This method does not require a kernel image to be installed on the floppy.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites


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