This is from the bizarro world, I think, but then I'm a newbie to
Unix hacking in general. Using Yggdrasil Summer '94, I installed
a "custom" partition of about 67 Mbytes with OS/2's Boot Mangler
pointing to it, and an NEC CDR36 SCSI attached to a Trantor T130B
(NCR 53C400 8-bit card). This went just fine using my old 386SX
motherboard. It worked when I put in a PCI 486DX2 (AL1 with PCI and
VLB) motherboard with the old ISA Tseng ET400 video card. It worked after
I rebuilt the kernel with the March version of the NCR53C400 driver, which
slightly modified NCR5380 driver. Then I put it aside for a couple of
I just obtained a new PCI video card using an S3 Vision864 chip. Since
OS/2 doesn't have a driver YET for it installed (grumble, not included
in the generic-brand box), I figgered I'd try Xfree. I tell Boot Manager
to select Linux. It starts up, measures Bogomips, tells me I have the
NEC CDR36 drive attached, sees the hda partition table (Seagate ST3290),
then complains something like "file system too big". It moves on and
reports another error trying to create the RAMdisk. Then it grinds the
CDROM for an eternity, booting in uninstalled mode (offering me the
"install" login option which normally goes away). Booting as root, I
see that "/" is the CDROM. I can't mount the real root hda7 because
/etc/mtab~ or whatever is not writeable! Of course not, with no RAMdisk
and only CDROM!
I tried a few BIOS PCI options but none made any difference. It may not
even be the video card's fault, but this is the first PCI card. It also
won't boot from the Yggdrasil startup floppy! That just does a kernel
panic; it somehow doesn't seem to see the CDROM correctly (at IRQ5).
Suggestions? ANybody see this before? Thanks!
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