Hi. Could you determine what file system is on that floppy? On solaris run 'fstyp /dev/rdisketteX' and tell me what it shows.
what you are asking looks not possible, but I see some workarounds how to run setup from these floppies
Writing floppy to cdrom is useless even if possible. Interactive Unix (XENIX) didn't support CDROM drives, so even if it were possible to write it to CDROM, Interactive Unix installer would not recognize CDROM and would fail. To save it, I would do 'dd' from floppy to image files. Then to install I would create virtual system (with hardware virtualization), that should be configured as very old PC/XT systems (i386, ISA bus, 16MB ram, floppy disk) and boot this virtual system from saved dd images. There is one more difficulty, it uses direct disk access (IDE disks) without BIOS.
My apologies.. i dont have access to the Solaris box just now .. i can persue this tonight and reply tomorrow.
By the way can you tell me why do you need to have these floppies on cdrom?
since interactive unix didn't support installation from cd
your last comment will save me a lot of wasted effort as i had overlooked the lack of support for boot from CD!
this is a 'hobby' project for me .. i am interested in reviewing an application i wrote many years ago and am having
difficulty installing Interactive on modern laptops
There are a large number of diskettes for the instal and after several failed attempts on the available machines I was concerned at the time taken and the risk of a critical disk becoming unreadable. There is support for CDs but, as you rightly pointed out - not as an installlation medium. , which I had overlooked. The instal often appears to fail due to the geometry or possibly just the size of 'modern' hard disks. I will persue my alternative of repairing a very old 486-based li still own,
Thanks for your help - I can avoid wasting any more time on the bootable CD route - you can close this request.