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Re: Booting a Compaq 120MB floppy

On Tue, 22 Dec 1998 18:29:15 -0700 (MST), Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@ualberta.ca> said:

> On Tue, 22 Dec 1998, Ian Redfern wrote:

>> I tried to use bootdisks 2.1.3 on a new Compaq DeskPro with the
>> 120MB floppy drive. It booted fine. When it came to install the
>> kernel from the floppy it booted from, it hung for a long time and
>> gave the message "mount /dev/fd0 (type msdos) on /floppy: wrong
>> filesystem type or bad superblock on /dev/fd0", then again for
>> ext2fs.

> This is how all IDE zip disks and IDE super disks work as
> well. Right now debian hamm cannot be easially installed from such a
> floppy drive. Note that a machine with a Super disk will have only a
> super disk as it can read and boot normal floppy disks.

Steve said:
> Yes, /dev/hdc on this machine. Sorry, I should have been clearer -
> when I said missing /dev/fd0, I meant that the boot-floppy script
> would be looking for a device on /dev/fd0 and wouldn't find one
> there. If you like I can find out what needs to be done to write a
> boot-floppy on the LS/120 and send you a patch...

Steve, I think that would be wonderful.  Let me know if you need help
getting acccess to sources.  The 2.1.4 source version of the package
is pretty much a good base to work from; or CVS if you're really
ripping stuff up (would hope not).  Hopefully we can do it in a pretty
robust way.  I'm not really clear on what is happening here -- does
the device look like /dev/fd0 at initial boot (i.e., bios access) and
then later becomes /dev/hdc ?

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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