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Subject: Re: emm386 hangs when booting from linux
To: vda@port.imtp.ilyichevsk.odessa.ua
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 23:54:27 +0100 (MET)
From: "Herbert Rosmanith" <herp@wildsau.idv.uni.linz.at>
Cc: kernel@wildsau.idv.uni.linz.at ("H.Rosmanith (Kernel Mailing List)"),
kasperd@daimi.au.dk (Kasper Dupont), root@chaos.analogic.com,
linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
In-Reply-To: <200303061028.h26ASKu02263@Port.imtp.ilyichevsk.odessa.ua> from "Denis Vlasenko" at Mar 06, 2003 12:25:47 PM
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> BTW, you may try linld:
>
> http://port.imtp.ilyichevsk.odessa.ua/linux/vda/linld/
>
> instead of loadlin. Its source is way smaller ;)

interesting! it works! however, I noticed some surprising effects.

I boot Linux via BIOS, then boot DOS via LINUX
when I boot linux again via LINLD, the "Uncompressing Linux ..."
takes a lot longer as compared to doing a LINLD from a DOS which
was booted by BIOS. I think this has something to do with switching....
oh! I know .... machine_real_start() from linux turns off the cache,
so this could be the reason. Ok, so I'll check this out by chaning CR0.

anyway, where loadlin hangs when loading the kernel from a Linux-booted
DOS, linld will go. The only hang I experience is cycling the boot-sequence

1) BIOS ->boots ... Linux
2) Linux boots DOS by switching to RM16, loading MBR and jmp 0:7c00
3) DOS boots Linux again via linld
4) Linux restores the realmode IDT by restoring a previously made copy of 0-3fff
5) Linux boots DOS by switching to RM16, loading MBR and jmp 0:7c00

after the C:\> DOS prompt appears, I dont have a keyboard anymore. Anyway,
that's not much of a worry right now. Now I have to figure out *how*
linld works!

thanks for your hint!
herbert



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