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Re: FC-4 -- unhappy experiences

Alexander Dalloz wrote:

>> ==============================================
>> Program:   Unicore BIOS Agent Version 1.8
>> BIOS Date: 07/16/99
>> BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
>> BIOS ID:   07/16/99-i440BX-P2B
>> BIOS Eval: ASUS P2B-LS ACPI BIOS Revision 1010
>> Chipset:   Intel 440BX/ZX rev 3
>> Superio:   Winbond 977TF rev 0 found at port 3F0h
>> ==============================================
> Ever considered a BIOS update?
> ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Slot_I/INTEL_Chipset/i440BX/P2B-LS/
> The BIOS for your motherboard model too updates the SCSI component
> inside it.

I did actually update the SCSI BIOS fairly recently.

It seems to me that the fault in the "official" kernels
must be that they are trying to read from the disk
before the driver is fully installed.

I notice that the driver takes quite a long time - perhaps 10 seconds -
to find the two SCSI disks.

IIRC the last distribution kernel that worked was the one with Redhat-8.2 .

Having said that, Knoppix, Suse and tomsrtbt all seem to boot fine.

I think my motherboard was fairly popular,
so there must be a few machines still out there with it inside.

Timothy Murphy  
e-mail (<80k only): tim /at/ birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie
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