I've got an old AMD 486 100mhz system with an ASUS VL/I-486SV2GX4 Motherboard. 32 megs RAM
Unfortunately the bios is not a flash chip so its stuck at the original version:
AWARD BIOS 4.50G
Now I had an old maxtor 500 meg drive in there running slack 8 fine
well I put in a 10 gig seagate drive from an xbox
now the bios won't recognize anything bigger than a 2 gig drive, thats fine. When installing slack 9 however fdisk sees the drive as the full 10 gigs.
So i made a 9 gig hda1 and 1 gig hda2 linux swap
installed everything - works a-ok.
Now the problem is LILO.
Install it in the root of hda1 and the system tries to boot from t floppy - doesnt find anything and hangs. Doesn't say anything. No LILO.. no LI.. no "insert system disk" - nothing.
Now if I install it in the MBR then when it tries to boot up I get
L 40 40 40 40 40
and the 40's just keep repeating as long as you let them.
Now I'm thinking there's a problem reading the root of the 1st partition sinceits 9 gigs and the bios only sees the drive as 2 gigs.. but im not sure why th eMBR lilo doesn't work.
So would I have to repartition the drive for a drive which is less than 2 gigs which is bootable, and then have linux on a 6 gig partition with 1 gig swap?
im thinking i can't boot a partition over 2 gigs due to the bios (which i can't reflash)
and yes hda1 is marked bootable.
i can boot the OS fine with a floppy but thats slow and i'd rather just get the system working without needing the floppy
anyone have any ideas/suggestions?