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Booting Linux from USB with a promp from floppy?


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#1 Magic Shell

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 10:27 PM

Hello, I am attempting to repair and install Linux on a computer belonging to a friend of mine. It is a fairly old Emachines Etower model. The problem with the computer is that I cannot use the CD ROM drive, nor can I use the internet on the computer. Also, the computer BIOS will not boot USB in the boot order, since it is an older model.

Is there a way I can boot linux with the floppy disk drive to defer to USB or any other way around that? Thanks! :thumbsup:


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#2 bisquit maker

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 01:04 AM

Look for smartboot.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/btmgr/
You'll have to use rawrite.
Zero the disk, write the image, and boot from it.
Be sure the usb key is attached when you boot.
I used it to repair a 166mhz with the f00f bug. Threw Debian and openbsd on it with no trouble.

Edited by bisquit maker, 04 November 2009 - 01:07 AM.





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