[K12OSN] HD boot-Format 1722kb floppy on Fedora Core 2

Debbie Schiel debbie at redeemer.qld.edu.au
Sat Oct 23 06:21:39 UTC 2004

 >Basically, you simply cat the EtherBoot floppy to your hard disk.
 >Here's how I did it.

 >Make your EtherBoot boot floppy. Grab something like Damn Small Linux
 >(http://www.damnsmalllinux.org) and burn the ISO image to a CD-R. Boot
 >your terminal with it. D.S.L. has actually been shown to allow GUI
 >access in 16MB DRAM on a 486!! (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/486.html)
 >Of course, I would recommend no less than 32MB on the clients.

 > Once you're booted, pop your EtherBoot boot floppy in and do this:

 >   root box# cat /dev/fd0 /dev/hda

 >Very cool solution, however most P-Is don't have a CDROM, would
 >blasting some old HD with the floppy image and then (ghost) copying on
 >to other drives work as well based on the same NIC in place?

I'm joining in this conversation a bit late, but I have the same issue.

We have lots of old PCs that can boot fine as clients via the floppy 
method, but how am I going to stop kids from messing with the floppies? 
It would be great to burn the floppy to the hard drive.

I tried the method describe in :
but rom-o-matic don't have .lzlilo so I tried .zlilo and .liso.
The .liso is 1.5mb so it doesn't fit on a floppy so I tried the zlilo 
and it didn't work (not the right type?)

So I improvised.
I used toms root boot, because these PCs don't have CDROMs, and then 
took the rom floppy (it normally boots the client up fine so I know it's 
the right one) and tried # cat /dev/fd0 /dev/hda ....

The poor PC made a lot of beeping and crunching noises, and digits and 
stuff flashed up on the screen... I let it go on for another five 
minutes then I put the thing out of its misery.
I also tried # cat /dev/fd0 /dev/hda1

I don't know what I'm doing here - just following instructions to the 
dot. Does anyone know where I'm going wrong?




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