Bootdisks and Bootable CDs.

Gerard Beekmans gerard at
Mon Sep 11 04:23:38 PDT 2000

A lot of these bootdisk emails are based on "download an image from blah and 
burn your cdrom with it".

It has been said by others but I want to stress out: we should not download 
anything. Even the bootimage that will be copied from a floppy disk if 
necesarry (or just dd if=/dev/zero of=boot.img bs=1k count=1440 or 2880 to 
get the right image size) should be created from scratch. I think the best 
place to start with such a thing would be the Bootdisk-HOWTO (just to read 
the info you need to create your own Linux bootdisk)

The idea I was having up to a few days ago was to give instructions how to 
create your own bootdisk (I don't find the info in the Bootdisk-howto too 
clear at certain points), burn it to cd together with all the packages you 
need, all the stuff from chapter 5 (up to chroot + a few extra programs like 
mke2fs, fdisk, mount and others), reboot the system, put cd in the computer, 
install it and document all this in one of the LFS-2.5.x books. I had the 
perfect candidate to test that setup ; a notebook with an empty hdd (it ran 
LFS-1.3 still so I wanted to repartition and reinstall LFS anyways). But 
surely enough, the notebook died a horrible dead. I've taken it apart, 
unplugged all the devices and it seems like a power distribution problem. The 
lower voltage cirquit seems to work still (certain leds still light up) but 
the higher voltage cirquit (in normal PC's there are 6Volt and 12Volt 
ciruits. Something similar is in notebook's) seems dead for some reason. 
Harddisk doesn't spin up, screen doesn't light up and the CPU stays cold. It 
has been speculated that the BIOS could be overwritten somehow but that 
doesn't explain the harddisk not spinning up. I don't think that's controlled 
by the BIOS, unless it goes into standby mode right away (infinite APM 
loop?). Anyways gotto find a Toshiba here in Toronto and see if I can drop it 
there and have them fix the thing. Sob, it was a good notebook. Anybody want 
to attend it's funeral?

Gerard Beekmans

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