boot floppy and fedora core 2 or 3

Posted on 2005-04-12
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
i have a IBM thinkpad 760xl which can't boot from cd. i would like to install fedora core 2 or 3 on the laptop however i have two problems. the laptop doesn't have a cdrom drive but does however have a scsi cdrom drive in it's docking station, so i need to know how to get a linux boot floppy to contain scsi drivers to access.

the second problem is that (as far as i am aware) the new 2.6 kernel's are too big to fit onto a floppy disk and as such the only boot image that i can find is a 4mb image for a cd. is there a way to get the image any smaller so that i can put it onto a floppy.

any help would be great cos i need to do a presentation on the weekend on linux and i don't have a laptop running linux yet and i really don't want to have to take my desktop.
Question by:matthewmerriel
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    A couple of things:
    1. you typically *can* make the CD-ROM bootable if you can get into the bios -- press f1 (or sometimes Del) at bootup and make the cd-rom your first boot device.  IT departments can (on my thinkpad) make this impossible for a user -- you'll need the admin password to do it.

    2. Try other distros -- SUSE, for example, is excellent and can install off a floppy.  There are other distros that can run off a floppy.  

    3. Borrow a friend's CD-ROM (or DVD drive)??

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