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Re: P-II ASUS box won't boot another drive

On Tue, Oct 02, 2007 at 01:48:48PM -0500, Mumia W.. wrote:
> On 10/02/2007 11:48 AM, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> >
> >I bought an 8 GB drive for my P-II so that I don't have to scrimp so 
> >much when installing (see previous theads).  I also found a 1.1 GB 
> >drive.  The box used to have an 8 GB drive that died last year.
> >
> >This computer seems very picky over what drives it will actually boot. 
> >The origional 8 GB and the new 8GB drive are the same WD.  The 1.1 GB is 
> >also a WD.  Of the drives, it will only boot an 850 MB Quantum.
> >
> >I tried all the different geometry settings (NORMAL, LBA, LARGE) and 
> >reinstalled Etch and OpenBSD each time.  No boots.  Put in the 850 MB, 
> >install Etch, boots OK.
> >
> >Has anyone run into this before?  My IBM PS/ValuePoint 486 will boot 
> >all of the drives no problem.
> >
> >As it is now, my 486 has the two WD drives so has lots of room for OBSD 
> >(since Etch won't install).
> >
> Beware of the 1024th-cylinder limit on machines like those. Create a 
> small (<512MB) /boot partition to contain the kernel and other files for 
> booting.
> If /boot doesn't work, try using Lilo rather than Grub.
> If Lilo fails, create a MSDOS partition at the head of the disk and 
> install syslinux onto it; see if you can get syslinux to boot the OS 
> (this might be moderately challenging, since syslinux is designed for 
> boot floppies).
> If syslinux fails, consider wiping the MBR and attempting the install 
> all over again.
> There are also some more exotic boot loaders available with Debian, chas 
> and palo.
> I wish you well on your adventures with old equipment :-)

I did a full wipe of the entire drive before trying.  Note that the BSD
bootloaders wouldn't work either.  And yes, I used a 32 MB /boot
partition for debian, and for OpenBSD I put the whole / (contains the
kernel) in 500 MB.

Note that there is no problem on my 486.


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