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> > [1] I originally thought that the 2.4 kernel's in-built floppy
> > bootloader used BIOS calls to access the disk, and that a 2.4 kernel
> > image as the El-Torito boot image would work, as the kernel would be
> > accessing the emulated disk, but it didn't seem to when I tried it
> > just now - it failed with an error saying something along the lines of
> > it had run out of data to decompress.
>
> when you did "make bzImage", are you sure you didn't get the message about
> the kernel being too big for floppy booting?

No, I've just checked - the same kernel image boots fine from a real floppy.

The CD image just gives:

Loading ...........................
Uncompressing Linux ...

Ran out of input data

--- System halted

Looking at bootsect.S, I am suprised it doesn't work, as it's done via
Int 0x13, so I can't see why it doesn't see the BIOS-emulated floppy
correctly.

John.
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