Solved

Why do i get BOOT FAIL when making a MANDRAKE 8.2 LINUX bootable floppy?

Posted on 2004-09-07
3
243 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I'm trying to install Mandrake Linux 8.2 on a "clean" harddrive.  The computer won't let me boot from the CD first, so I am trying to make a boot disk for the A: drive.  I've been successful in using RAWRITE to make the CDROM.img to make the floppy.  When I turn the computer off, and try to boot from the floppy, i get BOOT FAIL.   I have the appropriate equipment:  PIV, 1 gig of RAM, 80 Gig hard drive.

I've tried:
-many different disks
-using the cdrom.img, hd.img, other.img etc...
-copying files to the new c: hard drive
-executing fdisk /mbr

the only thing that the computer will boot to is an old Windows ME disk.

any help?


dt
0
Comment
Question by:darrellthomas
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 40

Accepted Solution

by:
jlevie earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
Can you use that boot floppy on some other machine successfully?

Sometime back I ran into a machine whos BIOS would only boot from a windows boot floppy. I don't know if this was intentional or simply a screwed up BIOS implementation, but no non-windows floppy would work.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:darrellthomas
Comment Utility
I found the solution:  I needed to flash the BIOS.  It was corrupted.   Here's what I did:

-Looked at the p4B website, and sure enough there were updated BIOS programs:
http://www.asus.com.tw/support/download/item.aspx?ModelName=P4B&Type=BIOS

-I downloaded those (along with the AFLASH utility program) and used it to re flash my BIOS.

-specifically version 1010.bin says that it corrects the "won't boot to LINUX disks" problem.

-this fixed a bunch of other problems that my computer was having too.

-Hope this helps anyone else with the same problem.
dt
0
 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:jlevie
Comment Utility
That makes sense.
0

Featured Post

Complete VMware vSphere® ESX(i) & Hyper-V Backup

Capture your entire system, including the host, with patented disk imaging integrated with VMware VADP / Microsoft VSS and RCT. RTOs is as low as 15 seconds with Acronis Active Restore™. You can enjoy unlimited P2V/V2V migrations from any source (even from a different hypervisor)

Join & Write a Comment

In this tutorial I will explain how to make squid prevent malwares in five easy steps: Squid is a caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-…
rdate is a Linux command and the network time protocol for immediate date and time setup from another machine. The clocks are synchronized by entering rdate with the -s switch (command without switch just checks the time but does not set anything). …
Learn how to find files with the shell using the find and locate commands. Use locate to find a needle in a haystack.: With locate, check if the file still exists.: Use find to get the actual location of the file.:
Connecting to an Amazon Linux EC2 Instance from Windows Using PuTTY.

743 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

18 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now