I have been running Linux 1.1.18 for some time, and decided to
move up to the ELF versions.
However I am getting nowhere with Slackware 3.0, which makes
bootdiscs(bootdisc144) which fail on my system offering the message:
"eata_dma: BIOS32 this release still depends on it". This message
is right after the Adpatec driver configuring message, but it goes
on to load other stuff (TCP, PPP etc) but then panics having failed
to mount the root partition! With the "ascsi" boot image I also get
"PCI_Probe" no BIOS32 message before the adaptec stuff gets going.
My kit is a 486DX/25, ISA bus, Adaptec 1542B, 16MB, 2 x 540MB
drives, SCSI-CD, and an Archive 150MB tape.
There is no PCI bus in my system, so that probe should fail, but why the
adaptec driver relies on BIOS32 is beyond me.
I have tried a number of boot images: scsi ascsi ascsinet1
scsinet1 but all have this problem. I have made no hardware
changes, and Linux 1.1.18 still works happily.
Any advice welcome as to a way forward?