Bug 81041 - loading spec packet failed for Null and 7.3 isolinux install; 6.1 installs with no problem
loading spec packet failed for Null and 7.3 isolinux install; 6.1 installs wi...
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-01-03 12:49 EST by Kirk Gallier
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:49 EDT (History)
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Description Kirk Gallier 2003-01-03 12:49:42 EST
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Description of problem:
Both Null Beta and 7.3 installer will not give install boot prompt.

After System reads BIOS the following boot message appears:
ISOLINUX 1.75 2002-06-14 isolinux: loading spec packet failed, 
trying to wing it...

isolinux: Extremely Broken BIOS detected, last ditch attampt with drive=FF
isolinux: Disk error 01, AX=4275, drive FF

Boot failed: press a key to retry...
Machine hangs, does not respond to key press.

RedHat 6.1 is installed on this machine without problem

The problem occurs for both the Null Beta Install CD and for
the 7.3 Install CD. Both of these CD's were used to install 
on other machines successfully.

The platform uses an american mega trends motherboard:
MB-8500TVX-A ver1.1 with 3PCI slots, 4 ISA slots 
VIA II VT82C42N Chipset. 

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Steps to Reproduce:
1.Powerup with Install CD in Drive D:

Actual Results:  Boot Failed

Expected Results:  Install Boot Prompt

Additional info:
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2003-01-08 15:52:01 EST
Have you tried 8.0 or the more recent Phoebe beta?
Comment 2 Kirk Gallier 2003-01-08 16:24:03 EST
I've tried 8.0 with same result.  I have not tried Phoebe beta.
Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2003-01-10 01:04:11 EST
This is a BIOS bug.  You might check for an updated BIOS for your system, but
otherwise, you'll either need to boot from floppy or burn just boot.img to a CD.

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