[Bdi4emc-help] bdi install

Paul bdi-emc at ntlworld.com
Wed Feb 15 16:01:49 CET 2006

Hi Graham

On Wednesday 15 February 2006 09:04, Graham Foulkes wrote:
>  am new to linux and the BDI community, brought up on assembler and
> DOS. I downloaded a copy of bdi 4.20 and installed it on a Dell optiplex
> with bootable cdrom bios support. It runs a couple of steppers great on
> the test bench but I want to install a copy on an older m/c which does
> not support cd boot. There must be a way to boot off floppy and then
> point to the cdrom drive to start to install. Sorry this is such a
> trivial question but the answer does not appear in faqs I have read and
> my knowledge of linux is very basic. Any advice?

Unfortunately, the kernel used by the installer is too large to use with a 
standard 1.4M floppy. Generally speaking, if the computer doesn't support a 
bootable CDROM, then it probably doesn't have sufficient memory (or speed) to 
run the installer.
 One way around this problem is to do an install on (for example) the Dell 
Optiplex, and then transfer the hard disk to the target machine - This would 
require some editing of the XF86Config-4 and possibly a couple of other 
configuration files in order to get the video working.
 An alternative method would be to use a Debian boot floppy, but I would not 
reccomend this to anyone..

Regards, Paul.

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