Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 69110
ISOLINUX fails to boot from Cdrom on an old PC
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:44:15 EDT
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Description of problem:
ISOLINUX will not boot from the Cdrom on my old Gateway-2000 P5-75 pc.
The pc booted ok with the SYSLINUX boot loader on RedHat v7.2 & v7.3.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Switch on PC
2.Insert RedHat Limbo cd number 1
3.Watch as the PC fails to boot
Actual Results: ISOLINUX 1.75 2002-06-14 isolinux: Loading spec packet failed,
trying to wing it...
isolinux: Failed to locate CD-ROM device; boot failed.
Expected Results: Boot up RedHat from cdrom & run Anaconda installer
The PC has a Pentium 75MHz & 64Mb Ram.
It has the following BIOS & Drives:
AMIBIOS(c) 1992 American Megatrends, Inc
BIOS Version 1.00.11.BS0T
Hard Disk 0 - WDC AC22100H (Primary IDE Master)
ATAPI - Teac CD-540E (Secondary IDE master)
Of course I tested my RedHat Limbo cd number 1 on other PC's and they boot ok,
so no problem with the cd itself.
I also have access to another pc of the same type at my work location, and I
also tried it on this pc, but it failed in the same way.
I have run RedHat 7.2 & 7.3 on this PC in the past & I would like to continue
to do so in the future, if you can fix 'isolinux' so it will boot!
The only solution I know might be to put the old boot image on CD #2.
ISOlinux also does not boot properly on my old (circa 1998) pc. It's a custom
built machine with a newer cdrom (tried 2 different ones) both Toshiba. models
XM-6102B and XM-6602B. Mobo is an aopen AP5TC (TX chipset). Both 7.2 and 7.3
install fine. Discs md5sum is correct and it works in other machines.
> The only solution I know might be to put the old boot image on CD #2.
I think this may be necessary. IIRC, Mandrake did something like this with
Mandrake 8.2, with El Torito on one disc and ISOLinux on another.
*** Bug 71178 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I've managed to create a bootable ISO for my Toshiba Tecra by taking
isolinux.bin from syslinux-1.76-pre1, copying the rest of /isolinux from disc1
and turning that into an ISO image with the mkisofs command in the Release Notes
(thanks katzj). I burned a CD and could use it to get a boot prompt. Then I
switched to disc1 and proceeded to install. Wheee!
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 68077 ***