[Sugar-devel] Unbootable machine
dr at jones.dk
Tue Jun 2 03:26:41 EDT 2009
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On Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 02:40:38AM +0200, Bernie Innocenti wrote:
>On 06/01/09 08:39, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> I need much more details; *all* Award BIOSes make in the past 10-12
>> years have version number 6.00PG.
>Ouch, I no longer have access to it. I asked the owner to let me know.
>> Also look for how you have configured your BIOS... some Award BIOSes
>> have USB-ZIP, USB-HDD, USB-FDD configurations; you generally want USB-HDD.
In my (older non-Sugar) experience, USB-HDD is best, then USB-ZIP, and
if none of those options are available then pick USB-FDD (which is then
most likely names something else).
Whatever you pick, make sure to mention the choice when reporting
trouble, to help recognize similarities in use cases.
>I booted from the BBS menu (F8), the item was labelled something like
>"USB HDD 2.0".
Another important thing (not sure if it has been mentioned before) is to
*cold* boot with stick already inserted. That is, insert the USB stick
before turning on the machine - and after using BIOS or some operating
system then power down the machine completely, wait a few seconds, and
then boot it.
The reason for this (as I understand it) is that the simple BIOS USB
drivers often do not reliably handle switching state.
This also means that a last desperate test could be to 1) boot that
other operating system (Windows or Mac), 2) insert USB stick and 3)
reboot (*without* shutting down completely). It might work, but you
then have the heavy and slow burden of your USB boot routine including a
full bootup and shutdown of another operating system. :-/
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