I've got a curious problem when I sometimes boot up Linux from DOS
using Loadlin. About 50% of the time that I do this, I get to the
Linux login prompt, and occasionally even to the shell prompt, and
then the keyboard freezes up. I can't type anything at all, of course
cntl-alt-delete doesn't work, so I have to turn my machine off without
halting Linux first, not a good idea with Linux of course. The problem
seems to occur between 5 seconds and 60 seconds after I get the Linux
I'm using Loadlin 1.6 to boot to Linux (had the same problem with the
earlier 1.5 version as well), no special configuration options in the
command to exec loadlin, the commands I use in DOS are:
c:\lodlin16\loadlin c:\lodlin16\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb6 hdc=cdrom ro
My Linux kernel is 2.0.21 using ELF, and my Linux system uses the BSD
style system initialization (it was once a slackware distribution many
upgrades ago). I also use a common swap space for both Linux and DOS.
Has anybody got any suggestions about what could be causing this? or
heard of a similar problem?