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1 25th April 05:05
lucas
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Default kernel halts on boot/install


I am trying to install linux on a Pentium 100mhz, 32mb ram, and can't seem
to get the kernel to boot. At startup I get the following:
ISOLINUX 1.67 2002-02-03 isolinux: Failed to get sector size, assuming 0800
then I hit enter at the boot prompt and the cd begins to load the kernel
boot:
Loading /kernels...
cd-rom has a steady light for awhile, then stops
when cd is ejected, os asks for the cd to be placed in the cd-rom

Nothing happens after that. The system still responds to the three finger
salut, but that's it.

I was able to boot a couple 'live-cds', where everything runs off the cd's.
Below are the two I tried:
phlak v.01 kernel: 2.4.21-xfs
knoppix v3.2 kernel: 2.4.20-xfs

I don't know what the difference between these live-cds and regular
installation cd's. the three os' I tried were:
Slackware v8.1
Redhat 6.2
Debian v3.01R1
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2 26th April 02:18
eef hartman
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The isolinux loader doesn't work with older BIOS'es (that is: bios'es
that are too old will not boot up CD-roms, made bootable with that,
so make boot floppies and mount the CD-Rom from them.
See also the description for the "syslinux" package.


Slackware has been using isolinux since 8.0, older releases were
created with eltorito, which has less capabilities but is compatible
with more systems.
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3 26th April 12:45
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See /extra/btmgr (or something close to that).. it is a good way to boot
from the CD on older systems

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4 26th April 12:45
lucas
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Thanks for both your posts. The BIOS does allow boot from cdrom, however,
you are probably right in that the BIOS is too old for isolinux. A friend
was nice enough to give me another mobo, so I've got linux running on that.
Next time I try to install linux and it doesn't work, I'll try from
floppy's first

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5 26th April 12:46
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Eef Hartman <E.J.M.Hartman@math.tudelft.nl> says...

One interesting way to do this is to get a solid state
disk that has a standard floppy (FDD) interface.

http://www.altec-computersysteme.com/products/Ssd/SILFLO.HTM


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