Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 36959
created (not purchased) boot diskette fails to boot i386 machine
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:46 EDT
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Using either 'rawrite' or 'dd' commands to create a boot diskette has not
worked. Attempted 5 times on Win ME and several on Linux to create.
Starting system with diskette leaves it with a single blinking cursor.
Linux would not boot from diskette; neither would a windoze machine.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Created several times using new formatted WIN diskettes; all failed.
2. Created via 'dd' command; same results
Actual Results: All attempts to boot i386 machine from diskette created
from RH 7.1, CD #1 \images\boot.img did notwork
Expected Results: 7.1 upgrade or install should have appeared.
Can you tell me the exact command you were using? Also, something may have
gotten corrupted when you were downloading or when you burned the cd. Have you
tried different floppy disks? We know the boot.img is good...I create boot
disks from it almost every day...
I have used several diskettes; created them on a Win ME, Win 95 and Redhat 6.0
On Win, my commands have been to be at a Command Prompt, go to D:, cd to
Dosutils, then 'rawrite'. Answer to first question: D:\images\boot.img;
Answer to second question: a: ; then press enter.
On Linux machine, I mounted CDROM, cd'd to /images, then 'dd if=boot.img
I have begun to suspect the Disc 1 download because it was so painful to get.
I can attempt the d/l again, and recreate the CD.
Sounds like you did everything correctly. I'm almost certain that the download
was bad. Please reopen the bug if the problem countinues after you redownload.
Thanks for your report.