[syslinux] ISOLINUX 1.67 failure with no HDD; OK with HDD

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Wed Mar 13 11:51:32 PST 2002

buckh at pobox.com wrote:

> Award BIOS 6.00PG, CD-ROM configured as first boot device
> CD-ROM on IDE-1, master
> variable: hard disk drive on IDE-0, master
> no other IDE devs, no SCSI
> if i boot with the HDD installed, ISOLINUX boots the CD OK with DL=9F.
> if i remove the HDD, ISOLINUX fails to load the spec packet and can't
> ``wing it'' with DL=9F. (no maybe_msg's appear, either)
> otherwise, this (and the venerable SYSLINUX) is (are) great stuff.
> thanks, H. Peter. A.

BIOS bug.  Report to your hardware vendor.  In general, I have heard *so*
many Award BIOS problems that I'd stay away from it at any cost.


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