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Hardware > Floppy / USB

First, download (or otherwise obtain) the floppy disk boot image and write it to a floppy disk:

  $ wget\ 
  $ dd if=boot.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024 conv=sync ; sync

( See wget(1) and dd(1)).

Now obtain the USB image and the CD ISO image to be placed on the USB stick (see for further information):

  $ wget\ 
  $ zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sda1
  $ wget\ 
  $ mount /dev/sda1 /flash
  $ cp sarge-i386-netinst.iso /flash
  $ umount /flash

( See zcat(1), mount(8), cp(1)).

Place the Floppy into the Floppy drive and turn the computer on. Ensure your computer has booting from Floppy enabled (this is a function of the BIOS so you made need to go into the BIOS setup program at boot time). You will be asked to press Enter to boot Debian-do so. This will stop with a request for a root floppy or a USB stick. Plug the USB stick into the new machine and press Enter to continue.

See also: USB, BootUsb.