RS/6000 7043-140 boot floppies
aperry at snowmoose.com
Mon Feb 18 13:24:27 CST 2019
On 2/18/19 10:42 AM, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 12:49 PM Alan Perry via cctech
> <cctech at classiccmp.org <mailto:cctech at classiccmp.org>> wrote:
> Is there some trick to making boot floppies for the RS/6000
> 7043-140 (a
> mid-90s PReP architecture machine)?
> The NetBSD boot floppy images are confusing to me. The files are too
> large to fit on a 1.44M floppy. I didn't see instructions on how
> to make
> boot floppies out of the .fs files one can download in the install
> instructions. I went ahead and tried to dd the part that fits onto a
> 1.44M floppy and try to boot that and of course that failed. I have
> e-mailed the NetBSD prep mailing list and no response from that.
> I'd strongly suggest setting up a netboot server. You'll need
> dhcp/bootp and tftp, but it's way better than trying to deal with
> floppy disks and floppy booting. I've used it succesfully for NetBSD
> and Linux on a '140.
> I never tried Solaris, because I have no interest in Solaris, but it
> should work the same there.
I prefer floppy because I am usually putting systems back together away
from a network connection. But, if that is what it takes to get an
usable OS onto the system, I guess I will cobble together the pieces to
But now I am more inclined to install Solaris on it :)
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