Hopping on the VBox/Indiana Bandwagon

Ok, so I decided to take a look at Indiana inside of VirtualBox like many others already have. The main thing people have been talking about is the lack of the pcn driver, which is needed for networking inside of VirtualBox.

I found Alan Burlison's Entry describing how to get a copy of pcn into Indiana from an SXDE release.

Only one problem for me, I'm at home and don't happen to have an SXDE ISO around, just a few systems with SXDE installed that I can get to.

My first idea, use a thumb drive to copy the necessary files into - Note, I'm running VirtualBox on top of XP. So I copied the files onto the thumb drive, but ran into problems making the drive accessible inside of the Indiana Guest.

Next, my eye caught the "Floppy Drive" options. I don't have a floppy drive in my system, you can build an image that can become a virtual floppy drive. So I hit up the ol' internet search to look for a Windows program to build a floppy image, and I found Build Floppy Image.

A quick look at the options and it would appear to fit the bill. So I copied pcn and pcn.conf into C:\\temp, and ran

bfi -t=144 -f=c:\\Img\\pcn.img c:\\temp

Done in a flash. I configured VirtualBox to use c:\\Img\\pcn.img as Indiana's floppy. Booted it, and Voila - The floppy and files were available copy per Alan's instructions.

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