Bug 164762 (Zerathidune) - Option to Install bootloader on a floppy
Summary: Option to Install bootloader on a floppy
Alias: Zerathidune
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Version: 4
Hardware: All Linux
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Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
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Keywords: FutureFeature
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Reported: 2005-08-01 02:29 UTC by Ian Denhardt
Modified: 2008-02-27 06:06 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-02-27 06:06:10 UTC
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Description Ian Denhardt 2005-08-01 02:29:38 UTC
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Description of problem:
I would reccomend adding an option to anaconda to install the bootloader onto a floppy disk. this would be particularly usefull for dual boot systems, as on my machine, for example I have Windows XP Home installed on one partition of my hard drive, and Fedora Core 4 installed on another. with previous distrobutions I have installed the bootloader on a floppy and simply placed the disk in the drive when I wanted to boot into linux. as there was no option for this in Fedora Core 4, I tried installing the bootloader on the master boot record. when I rebooted my machine, the bootloader did not appear, and the computer booted directly into windows. for dual boot systems with windows, the option to install the bootloader on a floppy is essential, and so I feel it should be included.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot from the Fedora Core 4 installation disks 
2. choose to install in graphical mode
3. go through the steps and note there is no option to install to a floppy


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Comment 1 Ian Denhardt 2005-08-01 20:36:21 UTC
Ok, I've realized now that I installed the bootloader on the wrong drive, but
now that I've corrected this, I cannot boot into windows. I see the following
message when I try:

             Booting 'windows'

chainloader +1

I cannot moddify the startup commands to make it work properly. If I could
install the bootloader on a floppy, then when I wished to boot to windows, I
could simply bypass the bootloader. it is a useful feature and this is actually
the first distro I've tried that doesn't include it.

Comment 2 Christian Iseli 2007-01-22 10:11:44 UTC
This report targets the FC3 or FC4 products, which have now been EOL'd.

Could you please check that it still applies to a current Fedora release, and
either update the target product or close it ?


Comment 3 Red Hat Bugzilla 2007-06-12 02:53:33 UTC
requested by Jams Antill

Comment 4 petrosyan 2008-02-27 06:06:10 UTC
Floppy drives are no longer in use.

Fedora Core 4 is no longer maintained.

Setting status to "INSUFFICIENT_DATA". If you can reproduce this bug in the
current Fedora release, please reopen this bug and assign it to the
corresponding Fedora version.

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