HOWTO Create a Bootdisk for Ubuntu (on WinXP)
With an older computer I ran into problems booting the Xubuntu 6.06 CD directly by the Bios because the boot section of the CD was not compatible.
You can create a bootable Floppydisc which then can boot the (X)ubuntu CD to work around BIOS limitations. It is already describben in the \install\README.sbm file but the information is a bit out of date and has a general character.
I will show how I successfully created such a bootdisk on WinXP.
What do you need?
Where to get?
1.) sbm.bin is located in the \install\ directory on your CD
2.) NTRawrite.exe can be downloaded on sourceforge: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/n...1.zip?download
What to do?
Copy both files into one directory and then open a commandline (cmd) in that directory. Type in
ntrawrite -f sbm.bin -d a: and insert a blank floppy into drive A: to create the bootdisk. The data will be written to the floppy and verified afterwards, then the whole thing is completed!
The Bootdiskette has been created now. You can insert it into the Computer where you want to install Ubuntu to and reset it/ switch it on. A programm called "Smart Boot Manager" will offer a list of Drives from which to boot. One Entry is label CD-ROM. Select this one.
If it does not exists, select Floppy. Then the screen will refresh and display the same list again, but this time, CD-ROM will be listed as well.
Press Enter to select the device you'd like to boot. CD-ROM is the one you're looking for.
Hope this information is usefull.
Well, quite the same is already in the documentation, have not found that before:
it's inside the very informative installation section: