RE: why boot using floppy is very slow?
I got the same latency w/ the floppy boot disk created from initial
install. i'm using a w2k <--work laptop & woody dual boot and 'load
linux' takes about 2mins (forever) on a p3700. I'll probably go back to
lilo though the lilo mbr I had from potato got 'upgraded' and 'hosed' my
mbr-- lots of l01's across the screen. I grabbed a 98 boot disk and
fdisk /mbr so I could get back to work; then; later tried to run lilo
config again and again following the lilo walkthrough without success.
I don't however know what kind of boot disk it is; probably the kernel
From: Karsten M. Self [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 2:32 AM
Subject: Re: why boot using floppy is very slow?
on Mon, Feb 25, 2002, debianlist (email@example.com) wrote:
> I boot my DEbian 2.2R4 using floppy,but the process is very
> slow..at least much slower than other linux distr...how can i
> improve the speed based on boot by floopy...(there is no hardware
> problem) i have a 2.2r4 boot floppy,,can i boot 2.2r5?
What type of boot floppies are you comparing?
There are several distinct types of boot floppy:
- A LILO MBR on floppy pointing to a kernel and root partition on hard
disk. This will boot nearly as fast as an HR LILO configuration.
Other boot methods may be used, e.g.: syslinux, LOADLIN.EXE.
- A kernel image. This loads a kernel image from floppy but (usually)
mounts a hard drive.
- A rescue disk, usually with a kernel and/or minimal root filesystem,
e.g.: Tom's Root Boot.
Floppy access is *slow*. If you're reading significant data from disk,
be prepared to wait 20 seconds to a minute. My boot kernel is 578 KiB
on disk, about 40% the capacity of a floppy, a good chunk of data.
Karsten M. Self <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand? There is no K5 cabal