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Old 09-10-2003, 04:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy Redhat boot disk

Ok...newbie here with what will probably sound like a major dumb question but I am pulling my hair out on this one. I received my install cds today for Redhat 9 and need to make a boot disk since it is going on an older computer (can't change the boot drive thru BIOS). To my surprise the 3.5 only holds 1.38 mb instead of the stated 1.44 but I guess you all knew that. I learned something new though. The bootdisk.img I tried to save on it is...surprise again...1.4 mb. What can I do??? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Old 09-10-2003, 08:25 PM   #2
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"the 3.5 only holds 1.38 mb"

Maybe the floppy disk has bad spots on it. Try formatting the floppy with the -c option i.e.
mkfs.minix -c /dev/fd0

Or try a different, newer floppy, one that the dog hasn't chewed on
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I agree that something might be wrong with the floppy. How are you trying to create the boot disk?

If using windows you must use the rawritewin.exe and not rawrite.exe.
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Thanks so much ya'll. I wasn't using rawwrite but was just trying to do a copy and paste. I got the installation disk made the way you said. Thanks again! You'll probably hear from me again soon!!
Old 09-11-2003, 02:12 AM   #5
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Get a new floppy
not that expensive
Old 09-11-2003, 07:14 AM   #6
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try this

dd if=boot.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1440k


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