Boot disk: The saga continues!

Boot disk: The saga continues!

Post by Ben Walt » Mon, 07 Jun 1993 23:01:05

Firstly I'd like to say thanks to all those who responded to my
initial post.

To recap my computer has the following config:

                16 Mhz 386sx
                3 Mb RAM
                Drive A: - 5.25" 1.2 Mb
                Drive B: - 3.5"  1.44Mb

And the problem was "why can't I boot from my 3.5" bootdisk?"

I tried various suggestions, to varying degress of failure:

(i)     Get a 5.25" boot disk so that I can book from drive A:

        Well I did this. This boots up fine, until it gets to the
        login prompt: I type in 'root' and its does nothing.
        Time passes... Still nothing has happened. I can still
        type, but it never executes sh.

(ii)    Change round the cables so that A: becomes B: and vica versa.

        I did this, and tried to boot from my initial 3.5" boot disk.
        What happened was slightly more interesting. Here is
        what happens:

        Console Colour EGA+ 132x25, 8 virtual consoles
        Serial drive version 3.94 with no serial options enabled
        tty00 at 0x3f8 (irq=4) is a 16450
        tty01 at 0x2f8 (irq=3) is a 16450
        lp_init:lp1 exists(0), using polling driver
        Unable to handle kernel paging request at address c0300000
        Oops: 002
        EIP: 0008:0014D4AC
        EFLAGS: 00010287
        fs: 0017
        base: C0000000, limit: 00200000
        Pid: 0, process no. 0
        C6 02 00 42 40 39 d8 7c f7 89
        task[0] (swapper) killed: unable to recover
        Kernel Panic! Trying to free up swapper memory space
        In swapper task - not syncing

        And with those words it dies... *sniff*

I am reluctant to waste more money by downloading the GCC bootdisk, can
anyone shed any light onto my ever-increasing problems?



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