Subject: Re: a silly question
To: Erin Corliss <>
From: Scott Smith <>
List: port-sparc
Date: 10/10/1999 15:46:25
boot a miniroot.

That's how you install from tape, you should be able to do the same with
or without tape media.


On Sun, 10 Oct 1999, Erin Corliss wrote:

> > > 
> > > Is there any way to get a Sparc to use a PC 1.44 Meg floppy drive?
> > 
> > the actual PC hardware or a floppy which has been formatted for dos, but
> > in a sparc drive?
> The actual drive.
> See, I have a Sparc 2 with no floppy drive.  I have a SCSI CD-ROM drive
> and several SCSI hard drives of various sizes.  I can write to these SCSI
> drives by hooking them to my PC...  I can't netboot the thing because the
> only trasceiver I have for it is 10-base-t, and I don't have a hub or an
> uplink cable. The only options I can see for booting and installing an OS
> are:
> 1.  burning a bootable CD with a simulated 1.44 meg disk.  Problem is, I
> don't know if the Sparc will boot the CD like this.
> 2.  Dumping a pre-formatted hard disk image to one of the SCSI drives.  I
> don't have a disk image to do this with, so I'd have to ask on a mailing
> list somewhere for a kind soul to make one...(hint hint)
> 3.  I heard that you can connect two machines with thicknet ethernet ports
> together with a short ribbon cable and it will work -- then I could
> netboot from my linux machine.
> Do you know of any other ways?


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