[syslinux] pxelinux / memdisk / afud408 freeze.

Lindgren Daniel daniel.lindgren at tullverket.se
Thu Aug 23 23:41:05 PDT 2007

I'm guessing that the image you are booting via memdisk is FreeDOS-based? I've had similar problems with FreeDOS disks images and firmware updates. If that's the case, try copying the update programs to a MS-DOS 6.22 image instead.

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> [mailto:syslinux-bounces at zytor.com] För Andrew Stuart
> Skickat: den 24 augusti 2007 07:11
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> Ämne: [syslinux] pxelinux / memdisk / afud408 freeze.
> Has anyone had a problem with afud408 (Award flash program) 
> freezing the system when ran from memdisk?
> The freeze occurs when just running afud408 (not attempting 
> to update bios, although it freezes then as well.)
> I was using pxelinux/memdisk 3.36, I upgrade to 3.51, and 
> also fell back to 2.11 all have the same issue.
> I have tried all the switches for memdisk that I saw posted 
> on the memdisk webpage (non wiki). raw/bigraw caused the 
> image to freeze before even booting. (frozen cursor before 
> loading the boot sector?). The disk image is a Windows 95 
> boot image that I used winimage to expand to 2.88MB. I use 
> this image for all my bios upgrade needs.
> This seems to occur on a large amount of MSI's latest 
> offerings (w/ award bios) (Specifically: 945gm2, 945gm3 and 
> g965m). I used this same image on a Dell laptop for giggles, 
> and it worked fine (it spit out the usage menu).
> At this point I am sure it's a bios/pxe issue, but does 
> anyone have any suggestions before I try taking the issue up 
> with MSI? Any idea how I can troubleshoot this further, so 
> that I can give them specifics as to why it locked up?
> If it isn't clear, this on 10+ different systems, different 
> hardware, different configurations, all hardware has been 
> tested to be good.
> Thanks in advance,
> -Andrew
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