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Re: Disk size solution !?

> Onno <ebbin200@tech.nhl.nl> writes:
> > I don't know if this has been suggested before
> > so don't flame me ;-)
> We wouldn't think of it!
> > There is a way to format 3" 1.44 floppies to hold
> > 1972 Kbyte. This is an 'old' DOS program from 1996 
> > and it is -very- compatible with old computers!
> > And yes, the source code is afailable.
> The problem isn't code.  In fact, superformat supports this as well.
> The problem is that large sized floppies are not always going to be
> read properly by the BIOS.

This is solved by 2m by patching the BIOS at boot, the boot
sector holds the patch and then gives control to the normal
boot routine. There is even a patch for -old- XT BIOS's.
> Now, granted, we could probably use 1972Kb floppies for the base disks
> for i386 anyway and save some floppies there, but frankly, that's just
> sugar and not all that important in the grand scheme.

It was not ment as 'sugar' but to solve the problem to hold a 
Linux 2.2 kernel on the boot flop. I could be wrong but I thought
that there was a problem to fit the nessesary boot stuf on 1 flop.

Just another 2c worth...


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