[Nottingham] boot floppy->boot cdrom

Duncan John Fyfe djf at star.le.ac.uk
Fri Jan 9 10:46:39 GMT 2004

On Fri, 9 Jan 2004, Haber, Michael wrote:

> Hi All,
> Not strictly linux but:
> I've got a boot floppy containing some hardware diagnostic tools for a laptop, but no floppy to boot from. Can I make a boot cd from the boot floppy?
> I don't have images of the boot floppys, just a windows .exe that creates them.
> thanks for any help.
> Mike

There is probably an easier way of doing this but have a look at syslinux / isolinux.
You can use this to 'chain boot' so the CD boots syslinux/isolinux which boots the floppy
image on the CD.
I use this on my laptop to boot a DOS floppy disk image on the hard disk without needing
to get a copy of the DOS HDD MBR.
In my case though the chain goes Lilo -> syslinux -> DOS
The documentation took some rooting round and experimentation to get right but it works.

Have fun,

Duncan John Fyfe          X-ray Astronomy Group,
                          Dept. of Physics & Astronomy,
Phone +44 116 252 3635    University of Leicester,
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