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Re: Systems with no floppy

On Fri, Jun 01, 2001 at 02:34:53PM -0400, Adam Di Carlo wrote:
> Ethan Benson <erbenson@alaska.net> writes:
> > On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 03:39:37PM +0200, J.A. Bezemer wrote:
> > > 
> > > I suspect that booting off a Zip disk is more like booting off a floppy than
> > > booting off a CD, which means that this probably is a debian-boot issue;
> > > forwarding it there.
> > 
> > using the same method as the bootable CDROMs will make a bootable zip
> > disk, however it must be done from GNU/Linux and the zip disk must
> > never be mounted in MacOS or else MacOS will render it unbootable. 
> > 
> > one can always boot the bootloader (yaboot) manually as described many
> > times in the debian-powerpc archives.  
> Maybe Chris Tiller can add this to the Potato documentation?

perhaps, one could also make a bootable zip that is protected from
MacOS, assuming partitioned zips are allowed (they should be).  

in this case create two partitions:  800K Apple_Bootstrap, and a
regular ext2.  put a kernel on the ext2 and run:

mkofboot -b /dev/hdd2 -m /usr/lib/yaboot/ofboot --root /dev/currentroot \
	--partition 3 --device zip:

this could be automated in dbootstrap as a replacement for `make boot
floppy' on newworld powermacs if we can reliably determine the zip
disk device.  and if we can run mac-fdisk non-interactivly ...

> Would this ZIP disk be unbootable on OldWorld PowerMac, just as the CD
> is?

yes its impossible to make a bootable zip disk for oldworld. 

> I don't suppose there's a way to just take the HFSimage and burn it to
> Zip?

won't work,  on anything but a regular floppy miboot (the hfs image)
requires non-free Apple Drivers.  

Ethan Benson

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