Use a Floppy to Boot USB Pendrive Linux
If you have a system that does not support booting from a USB device, but do have a floppy drive, you can try to boot Pendrive Linux from a USB flash drive using a Grub Boot floppy disk. When using a Boot floppy with a Grub boot loader, Grub locates the USB partition and then attempts to boot loading vmlinuz and initrd.gz from the USB device.
This tutorial no longer works or serves any purpose as the version of pendrivelinux it refers to is obsolete!
This tutorial assumes your using the Pendrive Linux version located HERE and your USB flash drive contains a Volume label of PDL.
Pendrive Linux USB Boot Floppy Requirements:
- Linux CD/USB or installed OS
- Floppy drive/Floppy disk
- Your Pendrive Linux USB flash drive
Creating a Boot Floppy to Boot Pendrive Linux from a USB device:
- Insert a blank
- Open a terminal and type
gzip -dc pdlfloppy.img.gz | dd of=/dev/fd0
- Reboot your PC and set your system BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from floppy
- From the floppy booted Grub Menu select a boot option:
Pendrivelinux (hd0,0) if the PC has no other ATA/USB/SCSI drives
Pendrivelinux (hd1,0) if the PC has other ATA/USB/SCSI drives
Troubleshooting Notes: If you still can't boot, try the following:
- press C at the Grub Menu
find /casper/vmlinuzand make a note of which drive is displayed
- Press Esc and then Press e
- Press e again to edit the
- Change the line to reflect the drive displayed in step 2
- Press Enter, then Enter again to boot