[syslinux] ISOLINUX boot problem: request for help
bartke at mi.fu-berlin.de
Thu Jul 26 11:53:55 PDT 2007
I am trying to track down a ISOLINUX boot problem on my workhorse computer.
Booting slax-6.0.0-rc5.iso from www.slax.org (a live distro) from CD gives the
Loading /boot/vmlinuz ...........
Loading /boot/initrd.gz ............
Silence. The next message should be, but does not appear:
Uncompressing Linux ...........
This message appears with the same CD on an old Pentium III, so the CD is not
broken, it boots perfectly on the old PC. I discussed the problem on the Slax
forum but I seem to be the only one with this problem.
The computer is a P4 on ASUS P5GD2, 1GB RAM, AMI BIOS, 3 SATA disks, DVD-ROM,
CD-RW. It _successfully_ boots from disk several SuSE distros, Slackware 12
and the unchanged content of the incriminated CD, written to an empty
partition, with the following GRUB-menu.lst entry:
title Slax 6.0 RC5
kernel (hd1,5)/boot/vmlinuz init=linuxrc vga=0x31a splash=verbose \
load_ramdisk=1 ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw
So I know the kernel on the failing CD is bootable. The corresponding
isolinux.cfg entry on the CD is
MENU LABEL Slax Text mode
APPEND vga=normal initrd=/boot/initrd.gz ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw
I tried isolinux.bin from three versions of syslinux, including the newest. I
tried to get more info by running isolinux-debug.bin from syslinux-3.51,
resulting in permanently the same messages (see above) and a boot stall
I would very much appreciate any hints how to proceed further isolating the
cause of the failure.
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