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Old 06-06-2004, 01:37 AM   #1
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Unhappy SYSLinux Problem

-Ok this hapend when i try to install any distro of linux.
-Im running a Asus a7n8x Delux motherboard

IOSLinux 1.7 2002-06-14 isolinux:loading spec packed failed, trying to wing it
isolinux:Extremely broken BIOS detected, last ditch attemt with drive=9f
isolinux:Failed to get sector size,assuming 0800
isolinux:Disk error 01, AX=42cd, drive 9f

Boot Failed: Press a key when rety

What should i do to fix this?
Old 06-06-2004, 01:48 AM   #2
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Never mind because i fixed the problem.
I had an ATA133 pci expansion card that i used for my cdrom drives and SYSLinux was not liking it. i just redrected the cdrom to my motherboard instead of the pci expansion card.
Old 12-08-2004, 10:17 PM   #3
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For anyone else that has an issue with ISOLINUX, the SYSLINUX site has this link for hardware compatibility.

It lists PCI cards that are not compatible no matter what.

If you have this problem with other installs and you get an isolinux error message you can also try the syslinux mail list by going to this page: and subscribing to the mail list. The mail list does not accept HTML formatted email messages so be sure you use a mailer that sends plain text. You can also read through the "SYSLINUX Archives" by month for threads on your particular error.


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