Just to clarify my plight...
I can boot any other floppy disk that I've tried on the DECpc, except for the
RH5.1 boot floppy. I haven't installed it on the system because I can't get the
floppy to boot. I even went out and bought the boxed set of RH5.1 (the official
3-CD box), and it's floppy didn't work either (I wasn't surprised at this
Now, I'm trying to figure out how to boot from the CDROM. It's a SCSI CDROM (ID
6). I've got two SCSI disks (IDs 0 and 1), both 1GB. The controller is an
Adaptec 1740. I've got DOS installed in a 100MB partition on the first disk
(duh!). Can anyone think of an inventive way to get the CDROM to boot? Would
it work if I made it ID 0? I might try that for fun.
I've got SuSE Linux 5.2 installed on the rest of the disks (/ and swap on the
rest of the first, /usr on the second disk). Is there an inventive way to get
LILO to boot from the CDROM?
This is the kookiest situation I've encountered with Linux! I can boot the
RH5.1 Boot Floppy on any other machine I try!
As one more piece of information, the DECpc 450st is an EISA-bus computer. The
BIOS is the latest one from the DEC web site.
Thanks in advance for your help!
> I recently downloaded the boot.img and supp.img floppy image files and
> RAWRITEd them onto brand-new, formatted floppies. I'm experiencing a
> strange problem with them. I have a DEC DECpc 450ST that won't boot
> from the boot floppy. It's got the latest BIOS available for it. The
> boot floppy will boot on other PCs (I tried a Gateway). I can boot
> other floppies just fine on the DEC (older RH4.2 boot floppy, a SuSE
> Linux 5.2, a DOS 6.21 floppy all boot). I've tried creating the
> floppies on both the DEC and a Gateway, and the result is the same. I
> can't figure out why the floppy won't boot on the DEC.
> Can anyone think what might be going wrong?
> PETER SCHWENK | UNIX System Administrator
> Department of Mathematical Sciences | University of Delaware
PETER SCHWENK | UNIX System Administrator
Department of Mathematical Sciences | University of Delaware