Bug 34731 - generic.img (boot disk) unusable
generic.img (boot disk) unusable
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
7.3
alpha Linux
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Assigned To: Phil Copeland
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-04-04 10:36 EDT by Chris Kloiber
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-04-21 01:45:12 EDT
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Description Chris Kloiber 2001-04-04 10:36:44 EDT
Can't boot floppy created from generic.img from qa0404.1. Last working
generic.img was in qa0320.1

Error is:

ext2_blkno: block number too large: xxxxx

Error repeats and xxxxx increments until it hits a PYXIS machine check and
machine "reboots" itself to the milo prompt.

My hardware is AlphaPC 164SX, 533Mhz, 128M Ram, IDE hard drives..

Reproducable always.

The good news is if I use the generic image from qa0320 and copy iso images
to one of the partitions I can do a hard drive install (can't do net
because of the need for network modules)
Comment 1 Phil Copeland 2001-04-04 13:58:51 EDT
Umm lets see,...

Thats an aboot message (not kernel)

	[root@alpha linux-2.4]# find . -type f  | xargs -n1 grep ext2_blkno
	[root@alpha linux-2.4]# 

	[root@alpha aboot-0.7a]# find . -type f  | xargs -n1 grep -l ext2_blkno
	./fs/ext2.c
	./tools/e2lib.c
	./tools/e2lib.h

What might be happening here is that the aboot is incapable of reading the MSDOS
partition and is getting very confused by it.

I don't have a machine to hand to try that theory though. (well I have my own
personal machine however,.. I'm not about to nuke it!)

Phil
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Comment 2 Phil Copeland 2001-04-21 01:44:02 EDT
Umm small question for you,.. does your boot kernel reside on a seperat
partition or on one large disk?

if it's one large partition whats probably happening is that the kernel is
residing on a part of the disk that aboot can't reach, much the same as the
problems with old versions of lilo in the i386 universe

Does this help you at all?

Phil
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Comment 3 Phil Copeland 2001-06-04 15:30:46 EDT
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