Making Boot Floppy

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Fri Nov 21 22:37:14 UTC 2003

On Fri, Nov 21, 2003 at 12:33:18PM -0800, David Rangel wrote:
> I installed fedora on an Intel PC.  At
> the end of the installation, when prompted
> to make a boot disk, I received an error
> indicating that the install system was
> unable to create sucha disk because the
> number of modules required to boot the 
> machine made it impossible to fit the
> boot files on the 1.44Mb floppy.
> How does one make a boot floppy in such cases?
> How do I boot into my system now if there
> is a problem with the MBR?
> Thank you for any input.

See "man mkinitrd" and "man mkboodisk" for ideas. The following come
to mind:

* If you can boot to a larger floppy (e.g. 1.7 MB), try building a
  boot disk on one.

* Build it for bootable CD-ROM if your computer will boot to CD-ROM.

* Try editing down a temporary /etc/modules.conf, throwing out any
  SCSI host adapters you don't need to boot. Don't forget to restore
  the working /etc/modules.conf when you are done.


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