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Old 09-16-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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Some BIOSes won't boot slack disks.


Hi:

I've just downloaded the Slack iso images from http://slackware.mirrors.easynews.co...kware-9.1-iso/. There is a problem with this:
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-boot-load-size load_sectors
Specifies the number of "virtual" (512-byte) sectors to load in
no-emulation mode. The default is to load the entire boot
file. Some BIOSes may have problems if this is not a multiple
of 4.
How do I know, before burning, what is that size? How to convert, I know. But perhaps it's unnecessary.
 
Old 09-16-2011, 09:26 PM   #2
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What BIOS is in the computer(s) you plan to boot?

It might be easier for persons to report what they have successfully booted Slackware install media in than to nail down the BIOSes that might require special flags.

It's been a while, but, if I remember correctly, the Slackware boot media pauses after first loading to allow you to pass parameters such as this before booting the kernel.
 
Old 09-16-2011, 11:43 PM   #3
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The BIOS ROM has 'AMIBIOS 586 (C)1985-1995 AMERICAN MEGATRENDS' on top. And it reports 'AMIBIOS (C)1996 American Megatrends Inc., Release 06/30/1997S.

For Slack 12.0 to boot in a Coppermine machine I had to remake the iso image with -boot-load-zise 4.
 
Old 09-17-2011, 03:31 AM   #4
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I had to remake the iso image
Not required.
For a reason, Slackware (12.0) has /isolinux/sbootmgr/sbootmgr.dsk on disk1 :
You can make a "Smart Boot Manager floppy", and use the floppy to boot from
DVD, cd on old Pentium II, III.

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Old 09-17-2011, 10:03 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot.
 
  


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