Bug#465320: CD doesn't boot (Isolinux errors) on 486 with Adaptec SCSI
On Mon 11 Feb, bruce robson wrote:
> Package: installation-reports
> Version: 20070308
> Severity: important
> I have attempted to install Debian testing using a CD created from debian-testing-i386
> -kde-CD-1.iso dated 2008-01-28 and the CD failed to boot.
> I was attempting the installation on an old Intel Classic R+ computer that uses an int
> ernal Yamaha SCSI CD writer model CRW8424S connected to an Adaptec ISA SCSI card (I th
> ink its a 1542CP). The CD writer is is the only device connected to the SCSI card. The
> computer has one hard drive connected to the on-board IDE interface, a 1.44MB 3 1/2 i
> nch floppy and a 1.2MB 5 1/4 inch floppy. The hard drive is 1.6GB and contains EZ-Dri
> ve as the BIOS only supports drives upto 500MB approx. However, EZ-Drive only loads w
> hen booting from hard drive.
> During the boot the following messsages were output by the Adaptec BIOS
> Press A for SCSISelect(TM) Utility!>>>
> SCSI ID #1 - Yamaha CRW8424S
> A BOOTABLE CD-ROM IS DETECTED IN YOUR CDROM DRIVE.
> The boot sections on your bootable CD-ROM are:
> 0. DEFAULT ENTRY
> YOUR CD-ROM DRIVE IS INSERTED AS - DRIVE D:(81h)
> BIOS Installed Successfully.
> Once the BIOS had finished I received the following messages
> ISOLINUX 3.51 2007-06-10 isolinux: Loading spec packet failed, trying to wing it.
> isolinux: Found something at drive = 81
> isolinux: Failed to locate CD-ROM device; boot failed.
> See http://syslinux.zytor.com/sbm for more information.
> I also tried booting some other CD's I have
> knoppix 5.0.1 En behaved the same (it has ISOLINUX 3.11 2005-09-02).
> Debian Sarge 3.1r2 behaved the same (it has ISOLINUX 2.04 2003-04-16)
> The Microsoft Windows 98SE installation CD does boot.
It obviously can read the first part of the disc, it has read the first
few words. I have often found that older disc drives give up if asked to use
DMA, so try booting with NODMA (see also the Knoppix disc F2 or F3 from the
Otherwise use floppies to start the installation.
Chris Bell NEW alternative address: chrisbell at chrisbell.org.uk
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