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Re: Booting to floppy

Why can't we just use a Disk Tools floppy or something to run that
m68k booting app? (The Debian version of BootX, I forgot the name.) That's
what I'm planning to do anyway, within a few days...taking the minimal
System/Finder from the Net Install floppy (the README that comes with it
spefically talks about those files' minimalness) and do the following.

1) On a drive with a swap/root partition pair, format the swap as MacOS
Standard and put the bigger install files there, and make a boot floppy
with the install bits on it.

2) Once Linux is installed, remake the swap as real swap and remake the
install-boot floppy as a regular-boot floppy.

If this plan *won't* work, I'll know when I try it. If anyone has any
pointers on it, I'd appreciate them. The machines in question are Quadra
700s, one of them with the 601 upgrade.

But...hasn't *anyone* thought of doing this before? It may even work with
BootX (I'll try that if doing it with the debian tool doesn't work.)

On Mon, 26 Feb 2001, Kenney Mark wrote:

> All,
> I want to install Debian on a Mac, and can get my Power Macintosh 8500/120
> to the Open Firmware boot prompt, but cannot find any documentation that
> tells me how to boot the "rescue floppy" from the boot prompt to start my
> Debian 2.2 installation.  I'm guessing it's something like "boot fd:0"?
> Your help would be greatly appreciated...
> Mark (kenney_mark@prc.com)

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