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Old 08-02-2005, 06:54 AM   #1
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Mount msdos floppy disc in Mandriva rescue mode

Hi all,

I have installed Mandriva 2005LE onto a SATA drive alongside a Windows XP SATA RAID 0 setup. Mandriva does not dedect the SATA RAID Drives so I can't use LILO to dual boot, so I have comeup with a solution by searching around.

I want to be able to copy the Mandriva boot image onto a floppy disk, I have booted up into Mandriva with the rescue mode off the DVD image I have and mounted all drives and chroot /mnt, I have then typed:

mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
I then get the error that msdos is not supported and or that fd0 is not there, or something along these lines. Does anyone have any ideas for mounting the floppy disk I have?

The next command I want to run is this:

dd if=/dev/sdb2 bs=512 count=1 of=/mnt/floppy/Mandriva.bin
So I can then copy this into windows C:\ and mod my boot.ini file with the location of the Mandriva.bin file so that with ntldr I will be able to start Mandriva.

Old 08-03-2005, 12:40 AM   #2
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1. Is the floppy formatted?

try this even if you think it is; mkfs.msdos /dev/fd0

also you don't have to do -t msdos usually when mounting a floppy.

2. A better use of that command would be;

dd if=/dev/sdb2 bs=512 count=1 of=/mnt/Mandriva.bin

and then cp the Mandriva.bin into /mnt/floppy.
Old 08-03-2005, 05:50 PM   #3
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Thanks for your help, managed to get the bootsector onto the floppy disk, but now Mandriva won't boot, I get the ntldr prompt to choose Mandriva but after that the cursor just blinks at me on a black screen, I'll have to do some more digging around I suppose.


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