[BL] installing BL3 from ext2 hd partition to loop .img file
davidjmoberg at lycos.com
Wed Apr 20 19:26:52 EDT 2005
----- Original Message -----
From: "sindi keesan" <keesan at sdf.lonestar.org>
> More progress. I discovered my zip disk was defective (would not
> even format) and got another one. I also realized that you need to
> edit the new fstab if you copy the file system from ext2 hd
> partition to a loop file (change /dev/hdb1 or whatever your
> partition is to /dev/loop0). I now have something that will boot
> properly from e:\baslin but is 50MB instead of 20MB and contains
> changes I made to the hd version.
> When this file boots there are some error messages - why?
> change_root: old root has d_count=2
> Trying to unmount old root in <3> error -16
> Change root to initrd: error -2
How are you booting this?
> It boots anyway.
> My next problem is that this parallel port zip drive appears not to
> work. It lights up, and I have it plugged into parport0 or into the
> printer switch box which is switched properly, but 'no ppa
> compatible devices found'. This might be why it was in a dumpster.
> I have one other that someone donated to the Reuse Center. Might
> I be doing anything wrong? Iomega Z100P2 with the cable it came
> with, which looks just like the scsi cable on the scsi zip drive.
> 25-pin D-shell type. Are the two types of cable wired differently?
> Should I try a different cable? This is an Iomega blue cable,
> labelled 'zip' but not scsi or parallel.
Have you gotten other ZIP drives to work with ppa? Is this a ZIP
Plus drive? ZIP Plus needs the imm driver. You can get it from
Slackware 7.1. I'll have to remake the bootdisk if that's the case.
> David's blppaz.gz image for booting from floppy disk seems to be
> working - it just cannot insmod ppa.o. It is based on grub rather
> than lilo.
> Is grub bigger or more confusing to use than lilo?
A little bigger. The size is not bad. I find lilo much more confusing.
Grub is also more flexible. Unlike lilo, you can replace Linux with a
newer version and the floppy will still work with the new kernel. lilo
must be reinstalled.
> While the fs.img file is still mounted, you need to edit fstab to
> change from the ext2 hd partition to loop0. It booted anyway but
> mtab looked a bit odd - I was seeing /dev/hdb1 also mounted to /
> along with /dev/loop0.
I can't understand why the above is necessary. Maybe after you tell
me how you're booting from fs.img things will clear up.
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