Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 19846
Failed Boot Diskette in Linux 7.0 Professional Server
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:59 EDT
The boot diskette delivered in the boxed version of Red Hat Linux
professional would not boot the system. I had purchased all new
components to build the system, Intel d815eeaal mother board, PIII 800EB,
Maxtor 45 GByte drive, floppy, adaptec scsi card, plextor external cd-
r/w. I forunately had a win 98 system running and was able to create a
boot floppy using the instructions below from the FAQ (nice job on the
FAQ). I would recommend putting this procedure up front in the
installation manual. It would have saved me considerable time.
Incidently, I didn't boot DOS, I opened a dos window and ran rawrite from
with in the dos window while the other windows apps continued to run. I
had no problem. I was incredibly releived when the system did boot, and
it interrogated the hardware properly installing the necessary drives.
4.12 Creating an installation boot disk
How do I create an installation boot disk?
To create the boot disk with the new images, you can either use the dd
command under UNIX/Linux:
dd if=boot.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1440k
Or you can use the rawrite command in the /dosutils directory on the CD-
ROM. There is documentation on using rawrite in /dosutils/rawrite3.doc.
To make floppies under DOS, Win95, or NT:
Boot DOS and change to the CD-ROM directory.
Enter the dosutils directory and run rawrite.
When prompted for a disk for the boot image enter:
Then run rawrite again and when prompted enter:
The .img files are boot images and can be found in your images directory
on the Red Hat Linux CD #1.
Apologies for the unresponsiveness of the previous bootpc maintainer...
This is a question that needs to be addressed to RH support, not bugzilla.