Booting problems with EZ-Drive and 2 IDE hard drives.

Booting problems with EZ-Drive and 2 IDE hard drives.

Post by Lee Duval » Fri, 14 Aug 1998 04:00:00

I hope someone out there can help me with this problem.  I don't
really want to go buy new hardware to run linux.

During boot it gets to the line about Java Binary support (the line
before it mounts the VFS partition) and then the machine hangs, the
hard drive light stays on constantly and the machine needs to be
hard rebooted.

I've tried using boot disks, both the simple and lilo boot disk
options and it behaves the same.  I don't understand why I can
install information to the drive when I mount using setup(as part
of boot+root install disks).  If I mount by hand(using boot+root disks)
the system locks up as above.

Here's some relevant messages during boot:

hda: WDC AC36400L, 6149MB w/256kB Cache, LBA, CHS=833/240/30
hdb: Conner Peripherals 1275MB - CFS1276A, 1221MB w/0kB Cache, LBA,
Partition check
   hda:[EZD][remap 0 -> 1][784/255/63] hda1 hda2 < hda5 hda6>
   hdb:[EZD][remap 0 -> 1][620/64/63] hdb1 hdb2

Some system info:
- Pentium 133, 32 Megs RAM
- 2 IDE Hard drives, BIOS reports
        HD1 = 13328,15,63  (cyl, hds, secs)
        HD2 = 2482, 16, 63 (cyl, hds, secs)
- Both HDs are on the 1st IDE controller port using Master/Slave.
- The second IDE controller port is being used by a CD-ROM.
- Linux 2.0.29
- Slackware 3.2

Email Replies to: duvall<AT>clark<DOT>net


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The computer is a 486 dx2-66, but that probably doesn't make a

I've tried to install Linux several times (and in several
different ways) but I got nowhere. I am trying to install
linux in one partition and Win95 or Dos in the other, but if
anyone can point me the way to install just linux that'll be
just fine.

Keep in mind that the ez-drive software is installed in the
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