[syslinux] Boot Bug

clif clif at eugeneweb.com
Thu Jan 30 12:34:57 PST 2003

Hey! You're right, I was able to test 1.74 and 1.75 and the later
failed. I couldn't find 1.75-pre1 on kernel.org.

So.... does that mean you will try to fix it in the next release somehow?

	Thanks for your help,

On Thu, 30 Jan 2003, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> clif wrote:
> > Hi I have noticed that some versions of syslinux later than 1.66 fail to
> > install a working boot block on a CF card in Soekris net4521 board. The
> > Bios is:
> > comBIOS ver. 1.05  20020419  Copyright (C) 2000-2001 Soekris Engineering.
> > The card is a 64M Sandisk and I am useing a version of LEAF called
> > WISP-dist but I also experianced the same problem with the Bering
> > distro. Here is my syslinux.cfg:
> > 
> As you can probably understand, there is no way in hell I will have
> access to this particular hardware.  First of all, please do note that
> running SYSLINUX on an unpartitioned harddisk is a hit-or-miss: if the
> BIOS correctly clears SI it probably works, but otherwise it will take
> whatever DS:SI points to and try to interpret it as partition
> information.  This may be your problem.
> If that doesn't work, other than debugging the code directly, it would
> be helpful if you could narrow down the exact version that breaks,
> ****including prerelease versions****.
> In particular, from looking through the code there was a change between
> 1.74 and 1.75-pre1 that looks like it might make SYSLINUX more sensitive
> to an unpartitioned hard disk.  If you could please test 1.74 and
> 1.75-pre1 and see if the behaviour changes, I would appreciate it.
> 	-hpa

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