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Linux SUSE 8.0 Live Eval boot problem

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When trying to load SUSE 8.0 Live Eval version using the floppy boot disk, I get the message "Could not find a ramdisk image", and can proceed no further.

Can you tell me what I need to do?  The system doesn't appear to ever go to the CD.  (I'd rather not reset the BIOS to boot directly from the CD).

TIA

Lenny Harris
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by:lennyh
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BTW, my base system is Win XP.
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by:moto-moi
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First thing that comes up in my mind is : "Bad disk'. Have you tried to make another floppy ? If so, dit it give the exact same error ?
Furthermore, I don't recall what kind of memory the live evalutiondisk needed. I believe it was 64 MB or something like that, but I can't seem to find it anywhere on SuSE's site ;)
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by:lennyh
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Thank you for your response.

I tried rebuilding both the floppy and the cd.  Exact same results.  (My system has 256 Meg)

I also tried building a demolinux CD (another 'try linux w/o installing' system using Debian base) and that worked fine.

So still puzzled about the SUSE system.  No reason I really need it, but you know about the challenge thing ;-)

Lenny
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Hmmm, in that case, have you tried to check the MD5SUM of the floppy ?
Here's an explanation of how to do that :
http://www.linuxiso.org/viewdoc.php/verifyiso.html
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by:lennyh
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Thanks for your response.

I checked the MD5SUM of the CD and it checks out.  I couldn't find the MD5SUM for the floppy.  The floppy appears to load properly and I d/led and built it twice with identical results.  Upon booting the floppy, a SUSE splash screen is displayed and then it dies indicating that it cannot find ramdisk image:INITRD.

Lenny
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I'm closing out this old question.  I no longer am messing w/ the SUSE eval system, however I appreciate your thoughtful responses.

Thnak you.

Lenny
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