[syslinux] pxelinux / memdisk / afud408 freeze.

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Fri Aug 24 00:57:22 PDT 2007

Andrew Stuart wrote:
> 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.

Can you boot MEMDISK from media, as opposed to PXE?  That way we can at
least separate the PXE stack from the rest of the system...


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