Re: PS/1 Floppy Problems

Hans Lermen (
Thu, 18 Jul 1996 15:09:55 +0200 (MET DST)

On Wed, 17 Jul 1996 wrote:

> DA>> There is one other solution, and maybe someone out there knows how I
> DA>> could do this... : Is there ANY way to mount a root file system from
> DA>> something other than the disk drive (CD maybe?), without access to the
> DA>> linux system? (I only have access to a few boot disks and loadlin (which
> DA>> is pretty nice))... I have read that new versions of redhat can do a
> DA>> floppy-less installation... is this true? and if so, how does it work?
> DA>> (i have only an old version of redhat, and vers 2.96 of slackware)

If the kernel you try to boot is >= 1.3.73 _and_ you have Loadlin-1.6,
then you may copy the root-image (color.gz) to DOS c:\ and try

loadlin zimage root=/dev/ram rw initrd=c:\color.gz ...

Loadlin (not the kernel) then will load the root-image from the DOS drive c:
and the kernel will mount /dev/ram as '/'.

Have a look at manual.txt (loadlin) and linux/Documentation/initrd.txt