RE: Debian DVD autostart
I'm using outlook express as the newreader and it's not lists.debian.org or
Thanks, I'll keep trying...
Optiplex GX110's are regular workstations... They are nothing like DELL's
I apologize, by drag-n-drop I mean that while in Debian (Konqueror)
I navigated to the install floppy directory on the DVD and copied the
file... next, I navigated to the floppy in the media directory and tried to
paste it... It didn't work, it told me that there was 1 folder and 2 files
on the floppy and that file sbm.bin was too large to copy to the floppy...
also, I can't format the floppy... it mounts the floppy fine... it won't
format any floppy...
I open floppy formatter
Select the Quick (only creates the file system) radio button
It tells me Error - The filesystem creation utility (/sbin/mkdostfs)
reported the following errors: mkdosfs: /dev/fd0 contains a mounted file
system (50) - it's an old Microsoft DOS 6.22 disk...
Selecting Standard (adds a low-level format to the quick
mode) tells me Error - Error formatting track #0
Selecting Thorough (adds a bad blocks check to the standard
mode) tells me Error - Error formatting track #0
Settings: Floppy drive: Primary
Size: 3.5" 1.44MB
File System: DOS
Click the "Format" button
And it says;
Proceed? - KFloppy
Formatting will erase all data on the disk. Are you sure you wish to
Click the "Continue" button
And NOTHING happens...
Uncheck Verify integrity, nothing happens
Uncheck Volume label, nothing happens
The disk has been checked by a windows machine...
This floppy drive reads and writes fine... I can put a Win '98 boot
disk in and rename files on it copy files to and from it...
Please tell me what am I doing wrong??? I can't figure it out...
Tried "Debian on Dell", no help...
That signature is a little long... good thing we're using plain text
and not formatted text... Thanks for the tip... I was hoping that
customarily thing was a drawback to the days when filenames could not exceed
9 characters and junk like that... mere system limitations and then hardware
limitations which should not be a very big concern these days, like how
excited we all used to get when we got our first pair of 128 MB 30-pin SIMM
chips... and a huge RLL 12 MByte hard drive... expensive stuff, but livin'
large... lol... anyway, I was hoping that things like message length
wouldn't be a very big consideration these anyway... the majority of boards,
mail, and news servers don't keep very long trails, histories, traffic
reports, ect... size limiting stuff like that... I would image that at a
certain point this message will disappear from the ether and even a hardcopy
of won't exist after a time... nothing is truly wasted... all that space
will be re-used by other messages being re-created in the great message
All that aside, if a group moderator ever says anything to me about
it, I always politely comply by trying to remember to shorten it, and use
John 3:16 instead of 1 Corinthians 13:4 - 8, 13 ... all things considered
this part of the message is much, much longer than the signature anyway... I
read plenty, but I don't post much anyway...
Thanks for the help...
What does your signature look like???
Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or
proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way.
It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even
notice when other do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but
rejoiced whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to
him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect
the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. All the
special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes
on forever. There are three things that remain-----faith, hope, and
love-----and the greatest of these is LOVE. 1 Corinthians 13:4 - 8, 13 The
greatest ........ is LOVE
Greatest Website on Earth:
Websites I've built: Family Computers
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30% Disabled Veteran
PO Box 766
Tipton, Oklahoma 73570
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From: Roberto C. Sanchez [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, May 01, 2006 11:32 PM
Subject: Re: Debian DVD autostart
Daniel L. McGrew wrote:
> I have both Debian DVDs... However, I have a DELL Optiplex GX110 and
> it won't boot from a DVD... I can use a Win '98 boot floppy and get to a
> command prompt... once I do this, with CD-ROM support, I can see what's on
> the DVD... but, I can't get it to begin the installation...
> What file or command do I use from the command prompt to get the
> Debian DVD number one to start installing on this computer???
> Also, I have tried to put the sbm.bin (1.4MB) on a floppy and it
> says that it is too big... do I just drag and drop this file onto the
> or is there a way to execute sbm.bin and get it to build a boot floppy for
> If anyone has any tips on how to do any of these things please let
> me know... step-by-step instructions would be awesome, but I'll take any
> Is there a way to view this mail-list via a news reader???
> Most sincerely,
I'm not sure about Optiplex machines. Are they regular workstations? I
know that some PowerEdge servers require special non-standard modules to
be able to boot. You may want to try and Google search for some thing
like "Debian on Dell" and see what you get.
I'm guessing that by "drag and drop" you mean that you are using
windows. In that case, you can't just drag and drop. You need a tool
like dd or rawrite to dump the image to the floppy. Both of those
utilities can be found with a quick Google search.
You can view the list via a news reader, but you can only post via
email. I believe the name of the newsgroup is linux.debian.user, but
you will have to confirm that.
P.S. Your sig is way too long. The customarily accepted maximum size
for a sig is 4 lines and 80 characters wide.
> Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or
> proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way.
> It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly
> notice when other do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but
> rejoiced whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to
> him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect
> the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. All the
> special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love
> on forever. There are three things that remain-----faith, hope, and
> love-----and the greatest of these is LOVE. 1 Corinthians 13:4 - 8, 13 The
> greatest ........ is LOVE
> Greatest Website on Earth:
> Websites I've built: Family Computers
> Daniel L. McGrew, AAS, BIT, MIT, A+ Certified Professioal
> 30% Disabled Veteran
> PO Box 766
> Tipton, Oklahoma 73570
> (580) 667-5421
> http://www.hoodranch.com (Greatest Horses)
> http://www.northforkhoney.com (Greatest Honey)
> http://www.jhkmini.com (Greatest Miniature Horses)
> http://www.scrapbookstuff.net (Greatest Scrapbook Stuff)
> http://mcgrew.no-ip.info/resume/ (Greatest Resume)
> http://mcgrew.no-ip.info/McGrew Family/index.htm
> http://mcgrew.no-ip.info/McGrew Family/index.htm (Greatest Webpage)
> http://mcgrew.no-ip.info/Family Computers/index.htm (Greatest Computer
> http://mcgrew.no-ip.info/David Petete/index.htm (Greatest Christian
> Experimental Section:
Roberto C. Sanchez