I wanted to do the ftp install but the root.img in your images directory on ftp.archlinux.org and the mirror sites is corrupt. I emailed you as well.. but thought i would post it here too.
Please let me know when it's fixed so i can install.
I bought a dog the other day...I named him Stay. It's fun to call him... "Come here, Stay! Come here, Stay!" He went insane. Now he just ignores me and drools.
I've just downloaded boot.img and root.img, wrote them to 2 disks and booted with it.
Everything worked fine...
So, could you check the md5sum of the root.img file you downloaded? It should be:
[orelien@pikachu orelien]$ md5sum root.img fe00aa8d67b352b59f130625e019517b root.img
If it is ok, the problem may comes from your floppy: try to write the image to another one...
Is your problem related with the size of the file? A smaller one does not necessarly mean it is corrupted...