[syslinux] extlinux "boot failed" on older (pentium 3) motherboards
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Thu Mar 3 13:39:17 PST 2005
I get this exact message (case preserved):
And nothing more. It appears right after the second bios screen (the one
that gives the disk/com port/pci info, etc). It is in the same place
where I should see the "extlinux" line when the booting starts.
I am using the mbr that comes with syslinux (3.07 BTW).
Just for the hell of it, I did a fdisk /mbr. I ended up with the same
> Nick wrote:
>> I have 3 older pentium-3 systems (asus cubx, asus cusl2-c) that give a
"boot failed" message when trying to boot with extlinux on a flash card
(which uses an ide converter, so it looks like a regular ide hard drive
>> the os & bios). These worked fine when I used syslinux & fat16.
> What's the EXACT message you get? Also, do you get ANY other output?
Please describe verbatim; this is very important. Also, which MBR do
>> If I take out the flash card & ide converter and put it in a newer p4
system, it boots fine. So I would assume that I did the extlinux
>> & partitioning just fine. In fact I have been using it for a while now
with no problems in newer systems, and only now am running into a
>> when I am trying to upgrade some older systems.
>> I was thinking extlinux would boot on any system that syslinux would. Am
>> I incorrect? Any ideas?
> It *should*, but it's probably tripping on a BIOS bug that somehow
syslinux avoids. This is very odd, because the code is pretty much
exactly the same.
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