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Old 01-27-2004, 10:59 AM   #1
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Stupid Book Disk Creation Problem

I'm trying to create a floppy boot disk on my Windows-based system. I've got both Red Hat 7.3 for Dummies and "Linux Complete Reference 5th Ed." disk sets.
My problem seems to be that when I format the 1.44 mb 3.5" floppy, it only gets 1.38 mb of actual space, so I can't get a 1.44 mb boot.img file onto the disk.
Does anyone have a smaller boot.img file, or know of a way to get my stupid XP Windows o/s to format the entire disk's capacity?
Thank you all.
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Old 01-27-2004, 11:10 AM   #2
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Think of the image as a "Virtual" floppy. To make it a "real" floppy, you will have to put it on the floppy, not on the floppy filesystem. the image contains the filesystem. There should be a program, on the cd named rawwrite. To use it, check the readme on the cd.

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Old 01-27-2004, 11:12 AM   #3
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got it!

Okay, that was easy. I'm on the yellow brick road.
Goodbye Citizen Gates!
Cheers. And thanx.
Old 01-27-2004, 09:27 PM   #4
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Can someone help me get my drives recognized

I have an Intel server board with dual Xeon processors. For whatever reason, it cannot talk to my floppy drive. I've tried 2 different drives, 2 different cables, but no luck.
No biggie, right, to install Linus RH 7.3 from the cd which the system does recognize, except that the dual hard drives in a Raid 0 array are not recognized by Linux without this updated driver file from Intel. Intel's executable that creates the driver disk only creates a floppy, and since I can't get the system to recognize the floppy I can't get the drivers installed to configure my hard drives.
Any help, ideas, suggestions, would be greatly appreciated.
I do have internet access on my other computer, and it runs the other o/s. I'm totally new to Linux and trying to build this box and learn, and I'm really stuck. Intel says that since the chassis (case) isn't "certified" by them, they can't help me. Don't know when a computer case voided support, but in the world of greed anything is possible.


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