[syslinux] SYSLINUX Digest, Vol 55, Issue 5

Rudy Moore the_orn at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 5 13:24:57 PDT 2007

> Rudy Moore wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I saw the Nov. 2006 message on Memdisk having a problem with ThinkPads.  I
> also
> > saw the comment in the memdisk code enabling and disabling A20.
> > 
> > I've got a ThinkPad x61t that memdisk is not loading disk images on.  The
> > symptom is that it gets as far as saying "Loading boot sector...
> booting..." 
> > Then image partially runs - FreeDOS prints out its kernel message and it's
> > warranty.  FreeDos stops at the line " - InitDisk" and then hangs.
> > 
> > Is this a known problem?  Is there any workaround?
> > 
hpa wrote: 
> Which version?  I'm starting to suspect a regression at least with the 
> "raw" option in memdisk...
> 	-hpa

I was booting from a USB flash stick.  Syslinux booted other kernels fine, but
memdisk gave the error above.  The version was 3.52 downloaded directly from
kernel.org (it threw me at first that binaries were packed directly in with the
source, but I figured that out).

I didn't try the raw option.  I found a work around to format the flash disk as
a dos drive then transfer the files over the the flash drive.  It would be nice
to have a USB stick full of floppy images, but it's no longer necessary since I
found the way around.

This isn't urgent for me any more, but if you'd like me to try anything in
particular, I'm happy to oblige.


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