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[Bug #598] Message "GRUB Floppy Error" when using boot floppy

From: nobody
Subject: [Bug #598] Message "GRUB Floppy Error" when using boot floppy
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 14:47:28 -0400

=================== BUG #598: LATEST MODIFICATIONS ==================

Changes by: Chris Dryburgh <address@hidden>
Date: 2002-Aug-12 18:47 (GMT)

------------------ Additional Follow-up Comments ----------------------------
This was a bug in the BIOS itself. A BIOS update was able to fix this problem. 
This bug should be considered closed.

=================== BUG #598: FULL BUG SNAPSHOT ===================

Submitted by: CDryburgh                 Project: GNU GRUB                       
Submitted on: 2002-Jun-13 17:08
Category:  Booting                      Severity:  Major                        
Priority:  None                         Bug Group:  Software Error              
Resolution:  None                       Assigned to:  None                      
Status:  Open                           Release:  0.92                          
Reproducibility:  Every Time            Planned Release:                        

Summary:  Message "GRUB Floppy Error" when using boot floppy

Original Submission:  Have put the GRUB floppy image on to a floppy and recieve 
the message "GRUB Floppy Error". The command line never comes up.

Bad Floppy: No. Get to command line using same floppy on two other computers.

Bad Floppy Drive: No. Plugged floppy drive into another computer and got to 
command line.

Incompatiable with BIOS: Only possibility that I can think of.

Message when turnig on computer.

Copyright (c) 1996-2000 NVidia Corp.
32.0 MB RAM"

The BIOS setup screen says "Award BIOS Setup Utility" at the top.

I intend to load the Hurd on to this computer but I understand that the Grub is 
required to boot the OS. I have very little understanding of bootloaders so my 
assistance with the fix may be limited.


Follow-up Comments

Date: 2002-Aug-12 18:47             By: CDryburgh
This was a bug in the BIOS itself. A BIOS update was able to fix this problem. 
This bug should be considered closed.

Date: 2002-Jun-20 17:55             By: CDryburgh
Bernhard, here are the drives that I have on my machine.
Floppy Drive, LG CD-ROM CRD-8522B, and MAXTOR 6l040J2(Hard Drive)
Changing the boot order did not make any difference. I am beginning to suspect 
that I will have to wait for okuji to fix the "482 geometry doesn't work with 
floppies" bug.


Date: 2002-Jun-20 08:20             By: treutwein
Hi Chris,

do you have a ZIP or LS120/LS240 drive connected to you machine ? If so try 
either to disconnect and/or changing the BIOS boot order of floppy drives.

I had a similar problem with Phoenix BIOS and a ZIP drive.
It was resolved by changing the boot order of the floppies.


Date: 2002-Jun-16 15:54             By: CDryburgh
Thankyou for responding. I have two questions.

1. What is geometry?
I have tried playing with BIOS settings but have not found the correct setting 
yet. This looks like something for the FAQ.

2. How can I find the geometry setting on the floppy besides the trial and 
error method?


Date: 2002-Jun-16 02:22             By: okuji
I think it is likely that the geometry configured in your
BIOS setting isn't identical with that of your floppy.


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