Re: Slow linux.bin
On Mon, 03 Nov 2003 04:16, Ron Johnson wrote:
> On Sun, 2003-11-02 at 08:48, - _ r a r o h _ - wrote:
> > Hallo,
> > installed woody with booting from floppy - it takes 4 minutes to read
> > the floppy. I hear the movement of the floppy some 20 seconds ...
> > Any idea how to fix ?
> 4 minutes to read a 1.44MB floppy? That was dog slow even in 1990.
> Have you looked in /var/log/syslog? Did you hear the FDD clicking
> and whining like it there's a bad sector on the disk?
I've had some experience of floppy-booting Linuxes (usually until I get Grub
sorted) and I found that, on a K6-2 350, Red Hat was tolerable (don't
know how many seconds exactly, but not much slower than DOS). OTOH,
floppy-booting Debian Woody was incredibly slow - six or seven *minutes*!
But no signs of any disk read failures - just very slow overall.
However, on my new box (Athlon 2000) Woody floppy-boots in maybe 15
I don't really believe the speed of floppy-booting is dependent on the CPU
:) - more likely, it was some sort of incompatible drive setting (though
what, I have no idea).