Bug 122187 - Installation software does not create a bootable floppy
Installation software does not create a bootable floppy
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
: 122185 122186 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2004-05-01 13:45 EDT by Chris Meyer
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Description Chris Meyer 2004-05-01 13:45:49 EDT
Description of problem:
The new installation software does not make a bootable floppy disk.  
Therefore, it is impossible to boot into linux.  A message appears on 
the screen that I cannot use the boot loader, and to boot from floppy.

The rescue software also did not allow a bootable floppy to be 
created using mkbootfloppy.  Possible there is another way to make a 
bootable floppy.

Also, it is impossible to change the configuration for the boot 
loader if no packages have been updated.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Install Red Hat Linux version 1.92 and do not install the boot loader.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Put Red Hat installation disk in drive and reboot.
2.  Follow menu for installation and do not install boot loader.
Actual results:
Cannot boot into linux.

Expected results:
In the installation, an option should be provided to make a boot 

Additional info:
Comment 1 Alan Cox 2004-05-02 17:48:48 EDT
The 2.6 kernel no longer fits on a floppy disk. The installer does not
allow creation of such floppies therefore. There is a bug where it
spits out a warning about needing floppies, but the warning and
partition stuff appears to be the real problem.
Comment 2 Alan Cox 2004-05-02 17:49:31 EDT
*** Bug 122186 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Alan Cox 2004-05-02 17:50:06 EDT
*** Bug 122185 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Jeremy Katz 2004-05-03 13:53:41 EDT
The warning is covered by another bug.  The 2.6 kernel won't fit on a
floppy, so I can't really do anything to create one.
Comment 5 Chris Meyer 2004-05-03 14:31:07 EDT
It would be nice to have the feature to boot from a CD or DVD.  Most 
computers can boot from CD now.
Comment 6 LarryT 2004-07-21 10:10:24 EDT
Hi !
There is something i don't understand : i did do a floppy bootdisk of
the fedora core 2 (kernel 2.6.5-1.358) without any problem !
The command i used for is : mkbootdisk, and the global syntaxe was :
mkbootdisk --device /dev/fd0 numberofthekernel.

So i don't understand where the problem lies.
Have a nice day, bye :)

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