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Old 3rd August 2007, 17:35   #1
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Default Problem booting from CD-ROM on old PC

Specs:
Pentium 133
16M RAM
2GB HD

Situation:
I want to install SlackWare 12.0 from CD-rom. The Cd is bootable, as proven by the other 5 freshly installed servers.
However, when the system (upon boottime) start searching for boot records on the CD, he fails and returns te following message:
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1. FD *** system-type (00)
*** = jibberish: 'ý[some DOS-smiley][some DOS-left arrow]'

(then, he continues to boot from HD).



The weird thing is: a long while ago I already installed a Slackware distribution on this computer (Slack 10.2 I think). Checked with that CD but recieved the same message. I figure it must be something in the BIOS.. I changed CD-drives (to be sure I also tried with an old 4x), but no result. To be sure I attached it to IDE2 as a master with a different cable, no result..

Dit a search on the message, could get much useful information..


Anybody got some ideas?
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Old 3rd August 2007, 18:44   #2
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flash BIOS?
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flash BIOS?
Do you think it would help?
It actually boots from HD, so don't think that would help?
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if you tried different cdrom, I can't see what other issue it could be
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the problem could be related to the CD-R itself: I burned a cd with an OS install on a Plextor Premium at 52x... the verification went ok but got errors on the target PC (that had no Plextor writer, though relatively recent and fast CD drives). Reburned a CD-R at lower speed and everything was flawless...

The faster you burn, the more dicey compatibility can get...
 
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the problem could be related to the CD-R itself: I burned a cd with an OS install on a Plextor Premium at 52x... the verification went ok but got errors on the target PC (that had no Plextor writer, though relatively recent and fast CD drives). Reburned a CD-R at lower speed and everything was flawless...

The faster you burn, the more dicey compatibility can get...
Well, I used the disc in several other computers as well, without problems.
And I burned it at 8x I think. Use an old 16x Lite-on but to be save I use 8x

It also works in several drives Šnd older CDs that also had worked without problems (win2k, older Slack versions,..) give the same error..
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CD rom firmware; replace that old CD drive
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CD rom firmware; replace that old CD drive
yes, I agree, I think that should be a test to be done: why not try mounting with you old PC the same drive, if you can, used to burn the CD-R, that way you could eliminate the variable "CD drive+CD-R disc" and see that in case of troubles, it's definitely the MB the culprit, if everything it's OK, then it's the old CD drive that should be pensioned...
 
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CD rom firmware; replace that old CD drive
Ow, but I also tested several drives & cables.
Didn't help though

BUT: I do start to think it might be the CD anyways.. Although I succesfully used it on 8 other systems, I now encountered a boot-problem with a 'more recent' P3 450. This is very awkward, as I had no problems installing it on a P1 233 MMX.. Tried burning a second CD, but same result.

Even after changing CD-drives, problems stay

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After more research, it turned out that the problem is caused by the actual ISO image. Something with boot-sector size. Anyway, will boot from other CD with 'smart boot manager', then boot from Slack CD. Should do the trick (tomorrow )
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