Bug#4060: Update: 4060 - Kernel decompression failure.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Christopher R. Hertel) wrote on 12.08.96 in <320FA0B7.41C6@nts.umn.edu>:
> Problem: On some systems, the compressed kernel image provided on the
> installation floppy (boot1440.bin) is not decompressed properly when
> read from floppy. One solution that seems to work for most users is to
> *disable the internal cache*. If this does not work for you, try
> disabling both the internal and external cache. This is done via the
> bios setup.
> This is not a fix, but a work-around. I have tested this on my system
> (which has this behavior), and disabling the internal cache allows the
> kernel decompression to proceed. It is my understanding (I have not had
> a chance to test this) that the cache can be re-enabled once the system
> has been installed.
If disabling the cache makes a difference, this is almost certainly a
hardware problem. The problem will not be isolated to floppy boots,
however; it will still bite you from time to time, when the circumstances
are just right.
The best solution is either changing the timing, or changing the relevant
hardware - for internal cache, that's the CPU (or the CPU clock).