"You have a relatively new PC with your favorite Linux
distribution installed. You are content and all is well with the
world. Then you discover that your motherboard needs an update to
the BIOS to allow some new hardware to work properly with your PC.
Alas! Your almost new PC, which has an on-board floppy controller,
was shipped with NO FLOPPY DRIVE. The BIOS update procedure, of
course, requires a bootable floppy with (Egad!) Windows 98 DOS or
higher. What the heck do you do?
"I recently ran into just this problem with a ~2 year old
Mandriva Linux based PC that my company built for a client. Of
course, I have floppy drives I could use temporarily in this PC to
update the, unfriendly to Linux, BIOS. But as I was pondering the
situation I wondered what would I do if I did not have a floppy
drive to use? Then I realized almost every PC made in the last 10
years or so has at least a CD drive from which one may boot a
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