I have found the cause of the bug: it is in the detection of the third
harddisk controller. The last text on the screen is:
hde: probing (...)
So I recompiled the kernel (2.0.34) on my other pc, with settings
suitable for a bootdisk and a 386SX, but in "ide.h", I set the value of
the maximum amount of harddisk controllers to look for (it's a constant,
i dont remember its name) to 2 instead of 4. It worked, the system booted
up fine afterwards and after a few further recompiles of the kernel (I
forgot some settings like enable loop device and NFS, needed to install
debian) I successfully installed Debian 2.
So i think the problem must be in the probing for hde, probably a system
port is addressed in such a way that it makes my system reboot. That may
be due to some crazy chip in a corner of my motherboard, it's an old pc
so who knows.
Anyway I hope this information is useful to you all, and also thanks for
the help of course.
DE DIGITALE STAD
Op Wed, 30 Dec 1998, Martin Schulze schreef:
> reassign 31265 boot-floppies
> [ You should add a header like
> Package: foo
> Version: bar
> to all of your bug reports. ]
> Tom Blauwendraat wrote:
> > I have the Debian 2 CD-ROM, and i have made the several bootdisks from
> > the images on this CD. Of the rescue disks, i have made the normal one,
> > the TECRA disk, the lowmem disk and the fast disk. All of these have the
> > same problem: if i boot them on my 386 SX pc, the system reboots at a
> > certain phase.
> > This phase is: after loading and uncompressing linux, during the booting
> > of the kernel, and then directly (less than a second) after the detection
> > of my harddisk.
> > The last lines on my screen before the reboot are as follows:
> > hda: Maxtor (...)
> > loop: (...)
> > My computer is a standard 386 SX with 2 floppy drives, 8 MB RAM and a 80
> > MB harddisk. The floppies i use are 1.44 Mb.
> > Is this a bug or is this a fault in my computer?
> I would say that this is a bug in the Linux kernel or something.
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