Re: "Make boot floppy failed"
I'm turning this into a bug, cc'ing debian-boot manually since bugs.debian.org
is down at the moment.
Wed, Jun 06, 2001 at 07:58:50AM -0700 wrote:
> Are there certain details I need to give to get a
I think the only problem is we're busy and clueless :-)
> I looked for the dbootstrap package at debian.org, but I guess it isn't one, even though the message on a virtual console is "dbootstrap: Make boot floppy failed..."
Yes, the package you want is called boot-floppies:
apt-get source boot-floppies
The error occurs somewhere near :
from what you have described it looks like the failure is in here (though I
can't be sure with the info we have at the moment):
printf(_("Formatting the floppy...\n"));
/* We don't have (yet) 2.88 MB bootable floppy ... */
snprintf(prtbuf, sizeof(prtbuf), BC_RUN_SFORMAT, device,
(size > 720) ? "hd" : "dd");
/* DO NOT USE execlog() */
INFOMSG("formatting floppy with cmd '%s'", prtbuf);
status = system(prtbuf);
if (status) return 1;
sounds like status is non-zero The commands leading up to it are something like
this (the actual decive is system dependant (/dev/fd0):
/target/usr/bin/superformat /dev/fd0 hd
It would be nice to be able to manually run superformat.
Did you see any error messages that could be coming from superformat (from the
superformat man page) :
FDC busy, sleeping for a second
When another program accesses a disk drive on the
same controller as the one being formatted, super
format has to wait until the other access is fin
ished. If this happens, check whether any other
program accesses a drive (or whether a drive is
mounted), kill that program (or unmount the drive),
and the format should proceed normally.
I/O errors during verification
Your drive may be too far out of tolerance, and you
may thus need to supply a margin parameter. Run
floppymeter (see section floppymeter) to find out
an appropriate value for this parameter, and add
the suggested margin parameter to the command line
> --- bri r <email@example.com>
> > wrote:
> >Hi all,
> >This is my first exposure to Debian, although I have used Red Hat for about a year.
> >I got Debian 2.2r3 "Espy" through CheapBytes.com and the install goes fine until I try "Make Boot Floppy" screen. Then it formats the disk and gives the error message "Make Boot Floppy Failed..." I tried many floppies with the write-protect off. I tried redoing the whole process again after verifying my floppy drive still works. Any suggestions? I haven't found anything on the web or mailing list archives about this.
> >My system is:
> >Pentium 150 with 256KB cache and 48 Megs of RAM
> >bootable CD-Rom
> >Western Digital UDMA-66 15Gb harddrive with first Gb containing Windows 95.
> >1 floppy drive.
> >1 IOmega Parallel Port Zip Drive
> >PS/2 mouse.
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