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hi, everybody
could you help me figure out what i should do?
I am preparing on installing FreeBsd(unix) on my computer . It requires two boot disks obtaining content from the internet.
my problem is the content for per disk is 1.40M, it is too big for the floppy disk.
To my knowledge, the capacity of one floppy is 1.44M, but in my case i formated the floppy i just bought and the cappacity is just 1.38M. I tried many floppy disks, the outcome is just 1.38( NT or windows me enviorment). could someone help me out?
thanks in adva....
 
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Although this might be a bad batch of floppy discs, it's most likely a difference in the way sizes are counted (remember that there are 1024 bytes in a K etc., and DOS/Windows formatters often put a lot of "system" information on a disc)
Just go ahead and try to write the disk images and see what happens. It should only take a few minutes each. Make sure to use either "dd" from a unix system, or "rawrite" (available from lots of places, probably from where you got your disc images) from DOS or Windows to make sure that you write the raw data to the floppy, and not just the disc image as a DOS file.
 
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BSD? This is the *Linux* forum!
Anyway, I'll bet you just tried to copy the boot image to the floppy. Even if it had fit, it wouldn't boot - the directory structure's wrong. If you're making a boot disk from DOS/Windows, use rawrite. "dd" is a disk utility for *n*x.
A lot of distros will have a directory for the images and DOS utilities (sometimes there's a separate directory for the DOS utilities). Usually you'll find instructions on making the boot floppy there.
 
Frank Carver
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just in case anyone takes Tim Holloway's crack about BSD seriously, this forum is for discussion of all forms of Unix and unix-like operating systems. That includes the popular (Linux, Solaris, MacOS X, various BSDs etc) as well as the more unusual (Plan 9, Minix, Xinu and so on) and everything in between.
For the purposes of software development, and Java in particular, they are all more alike than they are different. Just think of how they compare with DOS, Windows, earlier MacOS, BeOS and so on...
Actually, I'd love to hear from Ranchers who use Java on something other than the usual Windows, Linux or Solaris.
 
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Frank - Java on an OS/390 mainframe.
About a year ago I was doing some work in that environment.
IBM is really pushing the language on all their platforms.
You can run Java programs in batch, from TSO, or under USS.
There are "interface programs" allowing acess to CICS or IMS transactions (and vice-versa).
All pretty slick. I was doing (some) compiles and testing on a Win98 box, uploading the class files, and they run! (Of Course!).
What you can't run: GUI stuff (AWT, Swing) due to the nature of MF input videos. You can compile programs that require them 'tho.
IBM provides security hooks to the installed security manager.
Regards, Guy
 
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