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Old 03-24-2009, 05:08 PM   #1
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How to put drdflash.img my flash utility and bios file onto a bootable floppy?


Hi all, I'm looking for a way to make a bootable floppy that has drdflash.img, my flash utility and my bios file on it for a bios recovery disk. This is on a board that has a failed bios, so everything is pretty much dead (except for the humble floppy drive). I don't have a screen to work with so this floppy needs to be able to run the utility and automatically flash the chip for me. I've heard this is possible, but am unable to find clear instructions on how to do any of this.

I know the basics of it is to copy the bios file and flash utility to a floppy along with a bootdisk that will run these things (sometimes the .bat file needs to be modified in order to do this automatically). So I've downloaded drdflash but it came as a .img and I don't think it can be 'just' copied to disk. I came across the 'dd' command but have also heard its nicknamed 'data destroyer' or words to that effect. I can't make sense of how to use it (there are lots of sample code, but none explaining what's going on) so I'm unsure of what to do as it seems risky to try if you don't know what you are doing.

Help with any of this or pointing me in the right direction, very much appreciated.
Thank you

I'm running Puppy 4.1.2 (my other distro is Fedora but this is on my sata drives in the defected machine)
 
Old 03-25-2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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Indeed using dd can be dangerous, but with floppies less so. The command would be:

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dd if=drdflash.img of=/dev/fd0
where fd0 is your floppy drive, and 99% of the time, it is. Check anyway, but there's really no way it could be anything else. There also may be a floppy symlink in there like '/dev/floppy' you can use that instead if it exists.
 
Old 03-25-2009, 02:11 PM   #3
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Thank you so much, I was going crazy. Most of the literature I found on this was quite in-depth, but it was talking about making a floppy image from the hard drive or creating a bootable CD From the froppy or erasing all your data and a load of other wonderful things you can do with it. But straight forward .img to floppy??? It's a command I'll be looking to "add to my toolbox" as ALL the how-to's suggest.

Thank you
 
Old 03-25-2009, 03:10 PM   #4
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After that you can copy the rest of the stuff to there that you will need.
 
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@Oakems you initially raised this in another thread - in future you should keep to the one thread. Will help us help you, and may stop you getting (more) confused.
 
  


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