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

On 10/03/2007 08:39 AM, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
[...] Surely a P-II that came with an 8GB drive (with no extra jumpers) should be able to use a 1 GB drive. The BIOS does show the correct size for each drive, detecting the same geometry as printed on the drive.



Sorry about my other message. I had forgotten that you said that a 850MB drive works fine in that machine, and Etch installs.

However, maybe you should check the hardware anyway. The power supply might be "on the edge"--able to support some operations and not others. Use a boot CD or floppy to help you verify that the installation of Etch succeeded.

IOW, check that the files you placed on the HD are there. Write a few more files to the HD, reboot, then verify that the files haven't changed.

You can also copy the bootsector/MBR to a file using dd and check that it looks right (whatever that is).

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