Bug 19332 - LS-120 as sole floppy
LS-120 as sole floppy
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Brock Organ
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2000-10-18 15:56 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:29 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-01-12 13:42:57 EST
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Description Need Real Name 2000-10-18 15:56:31 EDT
A machine that uses an LS-120 SuperFloppy as its only floppy drive encounters a problem writing a boot disk as anaconda is hardcoded to use 
/dev/fd0 in that part of the script.  Since the LS-120 is an ATA drive it is mounted via the /dev/hdX devices.  For the unprepared this is 
interpreted as a freeze when in actuality it is just a VERY long pause until the file system creation fails out and the user can select "Skip ..."  
Obviously, this is not a good thing as without a boot floppy, an unsuccessful install/upgrade will leave a machine in a ... shall we say, 
interesting state.
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2000-10-19 17:48:43 EDT
Please verify Brock.
Comment 2 Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams 2000-10-19 18:58:11 EDT

If an LS-120 drive is detected and no floppy drive is detected, the user should
be prompted to insert a >1.44MB floppy< for bootdisk (NOT LS-120 disk), and LILO
is put on with the proper BIOS and CHS parameters (disk=/dev/hda\n bios=0x80\n
cylinders=...\n heads=...\n sectors=...).

BTW: I once put an old distro (6.1, I think) an an LS-120 disk by itself.
Freaky, huh?
Comment 3 Brock Organ 2000-11-01 16:20:19 EST
reassigning these to dale@redhat.com for further review ...
Comment 4 Dale Lovelace 2000-12-01 10:30:26 EST
I have verified that if your only floppy is a LS-120 you are not able to create
a bootdisk.
Comment 5 Erik Troan 2001-01-12 12:35:52 EST
I can't make a boot floppy work in our ls120 at all. I've done:


I've tried w/ and w/o the geometry, w/ and w/o linear. In all cases, lilo stops
after lil.
Comment 6 Erik Troan 2001-01-12 13:42:52 EST
mkbootdisk 1.3 uses syslinux rather then lilo, and seems to work fine

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