Monthly Archives: December 2008

Installing freedos

The data from the BIOS update official requires DOS to work. Iam now going to try it with install freedos, and running it then.

Firstly to do this I needed to install syslinux from the debian repo. With this ramdisk I will be able to boot with freedos later.

After installing it, I copy some files to /boot/, where grub everything excepts:
cp -a /usr/lib/syslinux/memdisk /boot/.
Now we download and extract freedos:

devbox:~# wget http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/autogen/FDOEM.144.gz
--15:43:34-- http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/autogen/FDOEM.144.gz
=> `FDOEM.144.gz'
Resolving www.fdos.org... 65.254.250.110
Connecting to www.fdos.org|65.254.250.110|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 109,795 (107K) [application/octet-stream]

100%[=====================================================================================================================================>] 109,795 128.41K/s

15:43:36 (128.13 KB/s) – `FDOEM.144.gz’ saved [109795/109795]

devbox:~# zcat FDOEM.144.gz > /boot/biosupd.fdd

and after that edit the menu.lst to include it.
Here we add this piece:
title BIOS update
kernel /boot/memdisk
initrd /boot/biosupd.fdd
And now we are going to test this thing first :)
The first time after rebooting I made a small mistake, what caused a grub error, but after fixing that it works :D

After doing this I mount the biodupd.fdd and copy the files from the bios update. Lets hope it works :mrgreen:

Installing debian, the hard way

As said earlier this week, one of my plans is to test Xen the upcomming holiday.
As I need for this a new debian install thats the first thing to start with. As my current dev box is pretty old (Its somewhere from 2000, with only a 800 MHz CPU and 128MB RAM), its going to be fun.
Firstly, as I dont have any CD-r’s anymore, and the box dont want to start with a USB stick to boot, there is no OS on it, and I dont have another floppy disk as the one in that box I have a problem.

After trying some stuff around I found a BIOS update, that should support USB booting. I also found a HD that has still debian on it, so we have 2 things. Now only need  to find a floppy, what I need to use for the BIOS update. That wasnt that difficult :P

Now I have those all I need to make a USB stick empty, and try to update it. More to follow soon?