[ltp] usb floppy on TP R30 & boot using lilo floppy

Tod Harter linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Sat, 19 Oct 2002 09:33:22 -0400

On Saturday 19 October 2002 05:32 am, Giuseppe Leto wrote:

I think you need to substitute 'hda' for 'sda' there. This isn't a floppy 
problem. '/dev/sda' would refer to your first SCSI harddrive... /dev/hda 
would refer to your first IDE hard drive. Since you don't HAVE a SCSI hard 
drive you can't copy a boot sector off it... Honestly I'm not sure why you 
would ever get past the first command (mke2fs). The only reason I can think 
of being that a USB floppy shows up as /dev/sda or somesuch, but I have no 
experience with usb floppy drives.

Personally I would tell you to do something a LOT simpler. Just use the 
mkbootdisk utility which comes with RedHat and Mandrake (and probably other 
distros too). It takes care of all this junk for you.

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> Hi all,
> I have been trying for a while to make a boot floppy for my TP R30.
> The driver is an usb one and is correctely see from linux mandrake 8.1
> when booting from hda.
> I have done all the staff in the linux boot diskette howto to prepare
> the boot lilo diskette.
> (say:
> mke2fs -N 24 -m 0 /dev/sda 1078
> mount /dev/sda /mnt/floppy
> rm -rf /mnt/floppy/lost+found/
> cd /mnt/floppy
> mkdir {boot,dev}
> cp -R /dev/{null,sda} /mnt/floppy/dev
> cp /boot/boot.b /mnt/floppy/boot
> cp lilobd/bdlilo.conf /mnt/floppy/
> cp /boot/it-latin1.klt /mnt/floppy/boot/
> cp /boot/vmlinuz /mnt/floppy/)
> When I try to install lilo on the boot sector of the floppy (lilo -v -C
> bdlilo.conf -r /mnt/floppy)
> I got the following:
> Reading boot sector from /dev/sda
> Fatal: open /dev/sda: No such file or directory
> What does it mean, is it possible to find a way out?
> Thank you
> G.
> 00000000000000000000000000000000000
> Here it is the bdlilo.conf:
> boot=/dev/sda
> install=/boot/boot.b
> map=/boot/map
> #read-write
> read-only
> backup=/dev/null
> compact
> #keytable=/boot/it-latin1.klt    ###us.klt
> prompt
> #nowarn
> timeout=50
> #message=/boot/message
> #menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
> # disk=/dev/sda   #an attempt already made
> #     bios=0x80
> # disk=/dev/hda
> #    bios=0x81
> image=vmlinuz
>    label=Bootdisk
>    root=/dev/sda