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Hi, I have been trying to install a driver using “linux dd” boot option but facing some issues. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Following are my queries; I am ...
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    Need help in creating a sample driver diskette


    Hi,
    I have been trying to install a driver using “linux dd” boot option but facing some issues. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Following are my queries; I am newbie in this area so please forgive if I have asked any silly thing
    1. Is it possible to write a small hello-world program, compile it to kernel module (.ko) and create a driver disk from it?
    2. How to create modules.cgz file using the .ko file and what should be the contents of modules.cgz file?
    3. Which files are mandatory for creating a driver disk and what is the procedure to generate them?
    4. Almost all the tutorials that I have found says about saving the required files to a floppy disk, but my machine does not have a floppy disk. Can I save the files to USB/CD?
    5. How to check that your driver is installed successfully?
    Any pointer to the detail guide for creating drivers and saving it to diskette will be of great help.

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    What you are trying to do is certainly possible. But what Linux distro/version are you trying to install?

    If your machine does not have a floppy drive, then, at least with some versions of the anaconda installer, it will look at the hard drive as well as a source (sda1, sd2, etc.).

    There is also, as of Fedora 13 it seems, the ability to specify USB storage as a valid source of driver disks.

    There is also the option of modifying the boot image used by the installer, which would require no additional sources for driver disks.

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