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Bug#60576: Can't install from LS120 drives...


I'm working on this in my spare time. I'm not a registered developer, so I
can't post anything to CVS. But I do have a very basic boot image based on
the 2.88MB images. Once I figure out how to get the ide-floppy module into
the ramdisk image we'll have something that can work well enough to

And I intend to make an image with base2_2.tgz and modules.tgz on it also.

On Fri, 17 Mar 2000, Matthew Grant wrote:

> Package: boot-floppies
> Version: 2.2.8?
> Severity: Critical
> Versions: Potato,
> When I try to install on an ls120 only machine using 1.44 floppies, the
> install will not get past loading the kernel off the intial boot disk. 
> It will not recognise the second floppy with the root file system image
> on it used for the install disks.
> This is quite critical as quite a number of the machines I know of now
> only have ls120s in them and no floppies.  The problem is due to the
> device name that the linux kernel recognises the ls120 floppy drive as -
> /dev/hd? rather than /dev/fd0.  A good work around would be to add the
> ability to use a ls120/zip disk as the install media.  This could be
> very similar to the msdod batch file install method as the media would
> contain everything necessary.  All that needs doing is to change this to
> use syslinux to boot the kernel instead of running a batach file, add
> the ls120 device to the install system setup files, and statically link
> the IDE floppy driver into the kernel.  There would be no capacity
> diffculties with the media for the base system so the changes could
> probably be made in a days work and would not need much testing.
> I hope this helps.  It will definitely get a lot of installs out of a
> hole and make them a lot easier.
> Cheers,
> Matthew Grant
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