OPENSTEP Boot and Driver Disk Images

These floppy images have been created as a convenience for those who may have a damaged install floppy, or who need to get crucial drivers onto an OPENSTEP floppy but don't have a running OPENSTEP machine.

If you have a damaged installation floppy, the only way to create a new one, even under OPENSTEP, is to make a copy of another one. The instructions for creating floppies from images under OPENSTEP are in the next section.

If you have a machine configuration which requires for installation a certain driver (usually a SCSI adapter driver) which is not provided on the installation driver floppy, and you don't already have a running OPENSTEP system, you can create a driver floppy under another system. If you have DOS running on your PC, you can download the proper driver floppy image and create an OPENSTEP disk under DOS using the rawrite program, available at:

http://ftp.debian.org/debian/tools/rawrite2.zip

This document only discusses floppy images for the OPENSTEP operating system, versions 4.0 and later. If you need NeXTSTEP version 3.3 or earlier floppy images, see the following Tech Info Library article:

Article 72667: "NeXTSTEP Boot And Driver Disk Images"

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Creating OPENSTEP Floppies From Images Under OPENSTEP

1. Make sure you are logged in as root.

2. Download the floppy image and decompress it from the Workspace via the File->Uncompress menu item. Make sure you are logged in as root.

3. Insert a blank 1.44 megabyte 3.5" HD floppy disk into the floppy drive.

4. In the Workspace, choose the command Check For Disks from the Disk menu. Initialize the disk as an OPENSTEP filesystem. When the disk is done initializing, select Eject from the disk menu, but leave the floppy in the drive.

5. If you have placed the image in /tmp, type this command to copy the boot floppy image to the new disk.

# dd if=/tmp/Floppy_Image of=/dev/rfd0b

6. After a few minutes, the duplication will be complete. Type this command:

# disk -e /dev/rfd0b

7. Physically eject the disk from the drive. It is ready to use.

Creating OPENSTEP Floppies Under Windows NT

1. Download the rawrite 2 utility from:

http://ftp.debian.org/debian/tools/rawrite2.zip

2. Download the floppy image that you need to your DOS system. Remember that DOS will not support the original OPENSTEP filename.

3. Prepare a floppy by formatting it for DOS.

4. Run rawrite. It will ask you for the source file (the floppy image) and the destination drive.

5. When rawrite has completed, the floppy is ready to be used under OPENSTEP.

4.2 Install Floppy Image

Download the 4.2 Install Floppy Image from:

ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/MultiCountry/Enterprise/openstep/floppyimages/4.2_Install_Disk.floppyimage

This floppy image is an exact copy of the floppy that shipped with OPENSTEP 4.2.

4.2 Driver Floppy Image

Download the 4.2 Driver Floppy Image from:

ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/MultiCountry/Enterprise/openstep/floppyimages/4.2_Driver_Disk.floppyimage

This floppy image is an exact copy of the floppy that shipped with OPENSTEP 4.2.

4.2 Beta Drivers Floppy Image

Download the 4.2 Beta Drivers Floppy Image, disks 1 and 2, from:

ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/MultiCountry/Enterprise/openstep/floppyimages/4.2_Beta_Drivers_1.floppyimage

and

ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/MultiCountry/Enterprise/openstep/floppyimages/4.2_Beta_Drivers_2.floppyimage

Disk 1 contains these drivers:
2546_ATI_Rage_Driver_Overview.rtf
2205_Bus_Logic_FlashPoint_Driver_Overview.rtf
2265_EIDE_Driver_Overview.rtf
2322_Intel_EtherExpress16_Driver_Overview.rtf
2295_IBM_ThinkPad_760CD_Display_Driver_Overview.rtf
2364_PCMCIABus_Driver_Overview.rtf
2406_Sound_Blaster_16_Driver_Overview.rtf

Disk 2 contains these drivers:
2334_Matrox_MGA_Millennium_Driver_Overview.rtf
2349_Number_Nine_Imagine128_Driver_Overview.rtf
2582_Yamaha_OPL_Audio_Driver_Overview.rtf

4.0 Floppy Images

Download the 4.0 Install Floppy Image from:

ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/MultiCountry/Enterprise/openstep/floppyimages/4.0_Install_Disk.floppyimage

This floppy image is an exact copy of the floppy that shipped with OPENSTEP 4.0.

Download the 4.0 Drivers 1 Floppy Image from:

ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/MultiCountry/Enterprise/openstep/floppyimages/4.0_Drivers_1.floppyimage

This floppy image is an exact copy of the floppy that shipped with OPENSTEP 4.0.

Download the 4.0 Drivers 2 Floppy Image from:

ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/MultiCountry/Enterprise/openstep/floppyimages/4.0_Drivers_2.floppyimage

This floppy image is an exact copy of the floppy that shipped with OPENSTEP 4.0.

4.1 Additional Drivers Floppy Image

Download the 4.1 Additional Drivers Floppy from:

ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/MultiCountry/Enterprise/openstep/floppyimages/4.1_Addl_Drivers.floppyimage

It contains these drivers:
2175_Adaptec_154x_family_and_compatible_Driver_Overview.rtf
2205_Bus_Logic_FlashPoint_Driver_Overview.rtf
2265_EIDE_Driver_Overview.rtf

Published Date: Feb 20, 2012