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Re: Slow linux.bin (RESOLVED - without explication)

cr wrote:

On Mon, 03 Nov 2003 04:16, Ron Johnson wrote:
On Sun, 2003-11-02 at 08:48, - _ r a r o h _ - wrote:

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 seconds. 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).

I copied the floppy :
   dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/mytmp/flop_ko bs=15000000
mounted physically other floppy :
   dd if=/mytmp/flop_ko of=/dev/fd0 bs=14747560
and the new floppy boots "à merveille" - marvelous

Than mounted physically the "old" floppy and tried :
   dd if=/mytmp/flop_ko of=/dev/fd0 bs=14747560
All sectors bad until 2878 with messages (all 20 sectors)

"end_request: I/O error, dev 02:00(floppy), sector xxxx"
Thanx to all respondee.
Good gnuing and so.

Pavel Sokol

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