[syslinux] syslinux 2.04 and linux 2.4.21?

Andreas Haumer andreas at xss.co.at
Wed Jul 16 07:48:34 PDT 2003

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I have problems booting linux 2.4.21 with syslinux 2.04
from floppy.

Booting with this combination I get the following error:

Loading kernel................
Boot failed: please change disks and press a key to continue.

(Note: there are exactly 16 dots ".", it this is relevant)

The floppy was DOS formatted with mformat and contains
the following files:

Directory for A:/

INITRD~1 CON       106 07-16-2003  15:17  initrd.conf
kernel          817674 07-16-2003  16:36  kernel
syslinux cfg        84 07-16-2003  16:35  syslinux.cfg
LILO~1   CON      1335 07-16-2003  14:39  lilo.conf
INITRD   GZ     349474 07-16-2003  15:17  initrd.gz
MAP              25088 07-16-2003  15:08  map
ldlinux  sys      7828 07-16-2003  16:21  ldlinux.sys
BOOT         <DIR>     07-16-2003  16:05  boot
        8 files           1 201 589 bytes
                            106 496 bytes free

"syslinux.cfg" contains:

  KERNEL kernel
  APPEND initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/rd/0


a) The _same_ floppy boots fine if I use LILO or GRUB (that's
   the reason there are other files not belonging to SYSLINUX
   in the floppy listing above). So it's not a hardware problem.

b) If I replace the 2.4.21 kernel image with an image from linux
   2.2.21 (again, on the same floppy), syslinux does _not_ print
   the error. Instead it boots the kernel and the initial ramdisk
   just fine. Both kernels are bzImages, by the way.

I haven't tried other kernel images yet.

Any idea anyone?

- - andreas

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