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SubjectRe: VIA KT133 data corruption update
On Saturday, 27. October 2001 12:48, Bryan O'Sullivan wrote:
> After several months of begrudgingly putting up with my ASUS A7V
> motherboard corrupting roughly 1 byte per 100 million read during
> moderate to heavy PCI bus activity, I flashed VIA's 1009 BIOS this
> evening.
> I have not been able to reproduce any corruption since then (it was
> ridiculously easy before the new BIOS), and my machine seems otherwise
> as stable as I would hope. This marks the first time since 2.4.6 that
> I've been able to run a Linus kernel without cowering.

Good news. Congrats.

> I also discovered, of necessity, a halfway manageable process for
> creating a DOS boot floppy using Windows ME, which Microsoft would
> apparently prefer was not possible. I'll reproduce the steps here,
> since otherwise flashing a new BIOS is likely to be nightmarish for
> people stuck dual booting into WinME.
> Most of these steps occur under Linux, and I'll assume that your Windows
> Me "C:" drive is mounted as /dos/c.
> - Format a floppy:
> fdformat /dev/fd0H1440
> - Create a FAT filesystem:
> mkdosfs /dev/fd0
> - Mount the floppy:
> mount /dev/fd0 /mnt
> - Copy across a few files:
> cp /dos/c/ /mnt
> cp /dos/c/io.sys /mnt
> cp /dos/c/msdos.sys /mnt
> - Edit /mnt/msdos.sys, and change values as follows:
> [Paths]
> WinDir=a:\
> WinBootDir=a:\
> HostWinBootDrv=a
> [Options]
> BootMulti=0
> BootGUI=0
> AutoScan=0
> - Copy across your BIOS flash utility (probably aflash.exe) and BIOS
> image. Unmount the floppy (important; don't just reboot):
> umount /mnt/floppy
> - When you reboot to the floppy, it will desperately try to boot into
> Windows. When it prompts you for the path to some Windows VXD, just
> type "a:\", and lo, you've got a DOS prompt.

Since your floppy doesn't contain a valid bootsector, it won't start
from floppy here. At least my mkdosfs created boot sector says:
This is not a bootable disk. Please insert a bootable floppy and
press any key to try again ...

The simplest solution is choosing win(9*|me) from boot manager then, press
F8 immediately, select boot to command prompt. (Hope this works in me, too)
c:\> sys a:
c:\> edit msdos.sys
then, as above. If booting from floppy still fails, check BIOS boot order.

Note: if you don't trust your winloose inst., check the created bootsector:
1) Label at offset 3 should read MSWIN4.1 or the like
2) some readable error messages at around 0x180
3) IO SYSMSDOS SYS at ~0x1d8

BTW[FAR OT]: Somebody remember IHC here?

> Cheers,
> <b

Have-a-nice-stay-where-ever-you-are-ly yours,
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