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i have a dell laptop with only a floppy drive would like to know if i can download linux or some other free operating system to a floppy and install it on my laptop any help will be grateful....right now i have no operating system on laptop would like to get it up and working again thanks
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Most linux distributions have ways to install via network and a boot floppy.  Debian does for certain.
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where can i find debian so i can download to floppy and install
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by:Phreonx
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Hello,
as leew suggested, network installation is probably the most convenient way to setup Debian in your situation. Download the images from

http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/sarge/main/installer-i386/current//images/floppy/

Copy the images to floppies using:

dd if=filename of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024 conv=sync ; sync where filename is the name of the .img file. If you are using a Win32 box try writing the images using Rawwritewin from:

http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/rawwrite.htm

Boot your machine. Select Network Installation, choose your country or a country near you and then select a mirror. Then setup your proxy setting [if applicable] and you're good to go.

Hope that helped ;)
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ok i have download the images and ran it on laptop but then i try to setup network part but it keeps telling me that it cant download debian mirrors because they are unavaible or something so what am i doing wrong is there somewhere i can go and it tell me what to do step by step how do i setup a dial up connection when i dont even have a operating system any help will be grateful thanks
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by:Phreonx
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You are right,
I assumed you have a live Internet connection. Try this link. It might help:

http://ftp.tiscali.nl/debian/dists/sarge/main/installer-i386/current/doc/manual/en/ch07s02.html

Good luck ;)
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by:spoiled2006
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no i dont have internet connection when i turn laptop on it says no operating system
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by:Phreonx
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How about booting from a USB Stick? The only prerequisites are of course a USB port and a Linux box to prepare your USB stick. Follow the official directions from Debian:

http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch04s04.html.en

and here's the images:

ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/sarge/main/installer-i386/current/images/hd-media/

Hope that helped ;)
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i need an operating system that allows me to install all of it by floppy i do not have internet connection at this time
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Please try Blueflops. Get it from here:

http://blueflops.sourceforge.net/?q=node/1

and even though it does NOT fit in a single floppy [it fits in two], amongst many other features it has built-in support for PPP (dialup connections). The Kernel is the 2.6.14.2. The README to get you started is in the .zip file you'll download.

Good luck and keep us posted
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i downloaded the bluflops but the floppy 1 keeps says boot error how can i fix this
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by:Phreonx
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Hello,
floppies unfortunately, are not as reliable as they used to be. Please try to get a hold on a pair of "good" floppy disks and try again. The error you are getting suggests corrupted floppy disk(s).

Hope that helped ;)
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thanks everyone for all your help
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Did you get your laptop up and running spoiled2006?
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