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SubjectRe: boot/root floppies in modern times?
a number of new laptops have pci ethernet interfaces on mini-pci cards...
on both an hp omnibook 500 (3com 9xx), and a thinkpad x20 (intel) I've
done a network install of redhat 7.1 using the single bootnet floppy.

regards
joelja

On Sun, 30 Sep 2001, Ookhoi wrote:

> Hi Chris,
>
> > I got a new Thinkpad, it doesn't have an internal floppy drive. Instead
> > it has a USB floppy. It can boot from the floppy just fine, I can get my
> > custom boot disk's kernel loaded. But when it comes to loading the root
> > image I run into trouble.
>
> I had the same problem with my vaio c1ve. Only a usb floppy drive, and
> no way to let it read the second floppy disk or to make it mount root
> via nfs as the nic got active after the bootp requests.
>
> I solved this by using one floppy with a initrd with enough tools to
> download the drivers which were not in the kernel (for example usb &
> scsi, or ide). You then just download the modules plus insmod on your
> ramdisk and of you go.
>
> Hope this helps!
>
> Ookhoi
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