[TriLUG] meet N. Raleigh to use USB floppy?
matthew.todd at alumni.duke.edu
Fri Oct 29 12:30:07 EDT 2004
Hi, all --
Might I be able to meet anyone in the North Raleigh area this afternoon
to borrow a USB floppy drive for a 5 minute laptop bios update? I'm in
#trilug as mtodd.
(Preparing for a Debian install from CompactFlash.)
Thanks! -- Matthew
I've previously performed Linux installs on my floppy- and cdrom-less
laptop over PXE, but I'll shortly be leaving the environment with the
So, since the laptop does have a CompactFlash slot (and I have a CF
card), I'd like to install that way.
Except the laptop needs a bios update to support booting from
CompactFlash. It's a 2-step update, first to some controller program,
then to the bios itself.
Again, floppyless, yesterday I managed to boot both floppy update
images *remotely over PXE.* This was way cool, but it only worked for
the first step of the update, not the second, so I need some other way
to do the bios update.
Writeup here: http://trilug.org/~mtodd/blog/Tech/MorePXEMadness.rdoc
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