For this task some bootable USB stick drives are available, but the CD drive is broken without near chances to get a new, so can not cdimage burn and boot. Machine (Dell Latitude C400) does not seem to allow USB boot, even being a many featured machine. I have Internet broadband, floppies drive and a huge lot of floppies, but no high density floppies formatting background.
dd.exe to dump the images to some floppies but didn't help trying to boot my USB stickdrives.
bgrescue-3.0.0 told image is not correct, but then downloaded
Python33 and used it to test the sha1 sums with
hashlib ending in a sha1 OK match.
bootgrub worked great and started with its defaults hda and hdb. hda got mapped to the hard disk drive, and hda1 to its XP partition, but hdb did not got mapped to the USB bootable stick (credited LinuxLive USB Creator). Could not
tomsrtbt-2.0.103.dos'ed it nor
picoboot-0.95'ed it because of my lack of high density (is that 1722ko format what they called HD?) floppies format understanding.
Later managed to
loadlin-1.6f.exe a kubuntu 12.04.2 USB stick drive's
vmlinuz. After deleting a bunch of software shit, created a FAT32 drive in some allocated space. Then put there the contents of the USB Linux Live stick, booted a DOS rescue and did the
That finally booted GNU/Linux, which was great, for a while. Then, panicked like this:
[1.349018] md: Scanned 0 and added 0 devices. [1.349061] md: autorun ... [1.349100] md: ... autorun DONE. [1.349283] VFS: Cannot open root device "(null)" or unknown-block(0,0) [1.349331] Please append a correct "root=" boot option; here are the availab le partitions: [1.349413] 0800 29302560 sda driver: sd [1.349482] 0801 10490413 sda1 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 [1.349555] 0802 18804082 sda2 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 [1.349625] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unkno wn-block(0,0) [1.349693] Pid: 1, comm: swapper/0 Not tainted 3.2.0-37-generic-pae #58-Ubun tu [1.349754] Call Trace: [1.349810] [<c15922ab>] ? printk+0x2d/0x2f [1.349859] [<c1592179>] panic+0x5c/0x161 [1.349911] [<c1879b6a>] mount_block_root+0xb9/0x14c [1.349964] [<c115353c>] ? sys_mknod+0x2c/0x30 [1.350012] [<c1879d75>] mount_root+0x59/0x5f [1.350060] [<c1879ec9>] prepare_namespace+0x14e/0x192 [1.350110] [<c11440e5>] ? sys_access+0x25/0x30 [1.350158] [<c18798de>] kernel_init+0x156/0x15b [1.363001] [<c1879788>] ? start_kernel+0x353/0x353 [1.363298] [<c15afafe>] kernel_thread_helper+0x6/010 _
Interpreted this as a failure because of booting an USB
vmlinuz outside its natural environment.
Finally used the Internet search engines looking for a more generic super
vmlinuz package, but in kernel.org only found sources am not probably able nor gutted to compile.
At this point am looking for help before diving into searching about the panic messages and working around that root boot issue.
I wonder would be possible to boot GNU/Linux here before getting an opportunity to change broken CD drive when back in town? Think VMs won't pay off being a severely corrupted XP system.