Making bootable Floppy

Jeff Vian jvian10 at
Tue Dec 6 13:26:59 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2005-12-06 at 14:48 +0200, Mehmet Fatih AKBULUT wrote:
> actually i added a syscall to kernel and not installed any modules so
> its size not so big.
> just want that bzImage to write to the floppy.
> Regards.
> Bye
Even if you get the bzImage on the floppy it will not be able to boot.
You need both the initrd image and the bzImage for booting.  With the
current kernels both will not fit on a floppy.  In fact the default
kernel of 2.6.14-1.1644 is almost 1.5mb and will not fit a floppy by
itself.  The matching initrd image is almost 1.2mb.

There have been many discussions on how to make a bootable floppy and be
able to boot from a 2.6 kernel. Check the archives.

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