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Bug#198197: syslinux: 2.04 does no longer boot on a machine where 2.00 bootted fine

Package: syslinux
Version: 2.04-1
Severity: important

I just tested a custom netinst floppy build of debian-installer again,
and I had to find out that syslinux no longer boots
on my test machine.  The floppy used is a 1.44MB floppy,
generated with the
# make image
target of debian-installer/build.

The machine is a very old Pentium 90 with one IDE disk
and a floppy drive.

The last thing I see on the screen is:

SYSLINUX 2.04 2003-04-16

and there it hangs, displaying no "boot: " prompt, or
anything else.  Hitting RET or any other key has no

Prior versions of syslinux worked fine on this machine.

I just verified this by downgrading to syslinux 2.00-2 and
rebuilding the floppy image. 2.00 appears to boot
fine on this machine:

SYSLINUX 2.00 2002-10-25  Copyright (C) 1994-2002 H. Peter Anvin

(note that the copyright notice does not get displayed when attempting
to boot with 2.04)

Please let me know if I can provide you with any
additional information.

Following is the syslinux.cfg which is on the dispk:

# Load up initrd on boot.
default linux
append vga=normal initrd=initrd.gz ramdisk_size=8192 root=/dev/rd/0 init=/linuxrc devfs=mount,dall rw
prompt 1
timeout 50

-- System Information
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Kernel Version: Linux lexx 2.4.19 #1 Thu Aug 29 15:11:07 CEST 2002 i686 GNU/Linux

Versions of the packages syslinux depends on:
ii  libc6          2.3.1-17       GNU C Library: Shared libraries and Timezone

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