Bug 165076 - diskboot.img doesn't work with USB pen drive on IBM T42
Summary: diskboot.img doesn't work with USB pen drive on IBM T42
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: syslinux
Version: 8
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: Brock Organ
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Reported: 2005-08-04 04:48 UTC by Saikat Guha
Modified: 2009-01-09 06:53 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 06:53:49 UTC

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Description Saikat Guha 2005-08-04 04:48:15 UTC
Tried for following:

A) dd if=diskboot.img of=/dev/sda

On boot: it says "Boot failed".

B) 1. created partition table with one entry (bootable) of type FAT16 
      spanning the whole disk
   2. dd if=diskboot.img of=/dev/sda1

On boot: it hangs with no message or activity 
         (screen is blank with cursor at top-left corner)

Doesn't seem to be a BIOS problem since if the parition entry is not marked
bootable, the BIOS complains loudly; if it is marked bootable it seems to be ok
with it and proceeds. Note that "Boot failed" (from case A above) is the error
string in the boot sector of diskboot.img ... so the BIOS is reading the boot
sector just fine and running it.

Comment 1 Christian Iseli 2007-01-22 10:34:37 UTC
This report targets the FC3 or FC4 products, which have now been EOL'd.

Could you please check that it still applies to a current Fedora release, and
either update the target product or close it ?


Comment 2 Neil Hall 2008-01-25 22:30:07 UTC
This bug has been reproduced using Fedora F8 on a Thinkpad T43.

The symptoms are identical to those referenced in the first report of this bug,
with the exception that the error message returned is "Boot error". An
examination of the first sector of the pen drive (hexedit /dev/sdc) reveals this
string near the end of the boot code.

The USB device that I'm using is Micro-SD based.

Hope this helps...

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