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:

It doesn’t work :(

After making the floppy empty, the USB stick empty, and copying the bios update program to the floppy disk it didnt work yet.
Time to find another way of updating it :(

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?

holiday plans

Yes, its finally holiday (And a long time ago I didnt write anything real here), and I hope I finally have some free time to do some stuff I planned for some time already.
Since last April iam already busy with the new style for “Het Gamehuis”, what is custom made for us. The only thing we needed to do was making from a sliced PSD a real phpBB3 style. Iam currently (Actually since April) busy with this, and its getting nice :).
But it still need to be finished, so this is something I really want to do this holiday completely :P.

Besides that I will try to find llook into Debian Lenny (Whats hopefully soon to be released) with Xen.  This will be used later possible for some new things hosthuis might going to use. This is already on my todo list for some time, and hopefully I will be able to do this now.
It at least need to be done before around May :P.
Hopefully my old PIII will be good enough to do my tests on :P

After that I also need some school stuff, like learning for a test again. The first monday after my holidays I need to  my math test again, as I failed for my first try. So I need to learn pretty much for that :(.

So I at least have enough things to do :P.

Its holiday

Finally :D

Nearly holiday

Finally :P