View Full Version : Trying to boot from floppy
7th November 2005, 11:49 PM
The old BIOS of this laptop won't allow syslinux to start Fedora's installer, so I'm using a GRUB boot floppy and can't seem to get it to work. CD1 is in the only cd drive and I'm editing the boot command from the floppy program. What's wrong with my commands?
I get the error "Error 23: Error while parsing number"
Did I name my cd drive incorrectly? Help please!
8th November 2005, 02:13 AM
here are some ways to start the installation process, then you can select the media device read this link (http://shamsweb.50webs.com/page2.html#B) .
sorry the link is now working.
8th November 2005, 07:34 AM
shams : the link seems to be broken :(
8th November 2005, 01:35 PM
sorry the link is now working
8th November 2005, 11:24 PM
Also, there's smart boot manager floppy (http://linux.simple.be/tools/sbm) that lets you choose to boot to CD from a menu.
9th November 2005, 01:26 AM
Right, I tried Shams website, which is what my little script is an edit of. Pretty much it just changes hd0,0 to cd0,0 which should work, but it doesn't. Don't know why. And Spoon! I tried SBM, but as the laptop is extremely old, the cd drive and floppy drive have to be switched out. So I can't have the CD in at the same time as the floppy. This is normally not a problem as the floppy program really only loads into the memory, but once I put the CD in, it won't recognize it. I guess I'll just have to copy the images to the hard drive.
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