["Hardware"] > ["Floppy"] / ["USB"]


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

  $ wget http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/testing/main/\ 
         installer-i386/current/images/floppy/boot.img
  $ dd if=boot.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024 conv=sync ; sync

( See [http://manpages.debian.net/man/1/wget wget(1)] and [http://manpages.debian.net/man/1/dd dd(1)]).

Now obtain the USB image and the CD ISO image to be placed on the USB stick (see http://d-i.pascal.at/ for further information):

  $ wget http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/testing/main/\ 
        installer-i386/current/images/hd-media/boot.img.gz
  $ zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sda1
  $ wget http://gluck.debian.org/cdimage/testing/sarge_d-i/i386/beta3/\ 
         sarge-i386-netinst.iso
  $ mount /dev/sda1 /flash
  $ cp sarge-i386-netinst.iso /flash
  $ umount /flash

( See [http://manpages.debian.net/man/1/zcat zcat(1)], [http://manpages.debian.net/man/8/mount mount(8)], [http://manpages.debian.net/man/1/cp 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.