On Tue, Oct 02, 2007 at 05:37:05PM +0100, Chris Austin wrote:
> I have used every floppy version of the Etch installer I can find,
> starting with those at the link
> http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dis...images/floppy/
> However I have only used the boot.img and root.img floppies, because
> the names of the other floppies, namely cd-drivers.img,
> net-drivers-1.img, and net-drivers-2.img, suggest they are only
> relevant for cd installs or net installs, which I am not using.


So that's the problem. Even if the name is misleading, you will need at
least one of this driver images to access your hard disks.

Unfortunately, these floppies do not contain all the necessary
components to run the installer through the end. You either need to
get access to the other components and packages by read them from a CD
or from the network.

> My plan is to boot from floppy, get a basic system working on the
> Linux drive, then download all .deb's I need to the Windows drive,
> because it is difficult to get dial-up Internet access in Linux.


This is doable, but not really straightforward. I'd like to explore
alternatives first:

* Is your CD-ROM drive working? The "netinst" CD-ROM contains
everything you need to get a minimal system running. The "CD1"
contains everything you need to get a basic desktop system working.

* Does your machine have USB ports? You might try to use an hd-media
installation then. IIRC, you can start an hd-media by using a floppy
disk if your BIOS does not support booting of an USB stick.

Cheers,
--
Jérémy Bobbio .''`.
lunar@debian.org : :Ⓐ : # apt-get install anarchism
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