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Re: potato vanillla boot-floppies packange cant make boot floppy on HP Omnibook 6000

"Dave Williams @ Home" <Dave@flashy.demon.co.uk> writes:

> Two problems to mention:
> Firstly:- 2.2.16 boot-floppies and vanilla rescue/root image from latest
> potato disk image (reported as Linux 2.2.17 from Kernel-image-
> 2.2.17-2.2.17pre6-1) cannot make a boot floppy. 
> I've tracked the problem down to utilities/dbootstrap/bootconfig.c
> where the superformat command is issued. For some reason this fails
> following a brief access to the disk drive. Issuing the command from the
> console (Alt-F2) works fine. Results are the same whether or not the
> floppy is connected internally or via parallel port.

I cannot reproduce this problem.  I've created several custom boot
floppies from dbootstrap.

So you're going to need to provide us with some more information and
perhaps do a little more legwork on what exactly the problem is.

> Secondly:- I was forced into this because lilo doesnt seem to be able to
> make a boot record for an extended partition (cylinder>1023) in my
> environment even though I thought lba32 is supported on the official
> release.  Neither Mandrake 7.1 or RedHat 7.0 suffer from this, both of
> which install OK albeit with manual tweaks to lilo.conf afterwards.
> Not sure whether these are known bugs (although cant find much on the
> mailing or bug lists) or HP specific problems. 

This latter is a known bug.  I'm looking to change this tonight.

> Currently I dont have a workaround to get a system up and running. I'm
> reluctant to put lilo on the MBR and I unfortunately have to have
> Win2000 occupying the rest of my hard disk for my employers benefit!

Just do your lilo business on tty2...

Or can't you use the mbr program in the boot partition and still boot
windows from that?  I'm not sure...

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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