Re: It's time to get rid of zImage

From: Edward S. Marshall (
Date: Thu Jun 22 2000 - 00:33:58 EST

On Tue, 20 Jun 2000, Edward S. Marshall wrote:
> [ Actually, maybe not. I'm trying a new BIOS revision tonight to see if
> that clears up the LILO problems. ]

Nope. I'm now running the latest and greatest BIOS firmware version, and
LILO is still bombing out with a block move error. GRUB is working just
fine. I'm CC'ing this to Werner Almesberger since he'll probably want to
know about this little problem with LILO and at least one BIOS out there.

Werner: to recap, since you're coming into this sideways...LILO is loading
zImages just fine with 0.21, but not bzImages. I'm getting a "Block move
error 0x02" after selecting the kernel to boot. GRUB and SYSLINUX manage
to boot these kernels just fine.

H. Peter Anvin <> writes:
> I'm guessing it is the INT 15h block mover in the BIOS that's at fault.

The BIOS in question is an "Award Modular BIOS", for an ASUS PCI/I-P54SP4
motherboard. The BIOS revisions I've tried running are:

        v4.50G 03/26/95-SiS-501-503-PI-54SP4-00 (#401A0-0106)
        v4.51G 10/17/98-SiS-501-503-PI-54SP4C-00 (#401A0-0109)

Both have resulted in the same problem. The 10/17/98 release is the last
known BIOS revision for this motherboard. I'd be happy to provide any
other specs you might be interested in, or try patched up versions of
LILO, if anyone wants to try and track this down (GRUB is doing the job
right now, so I'm not going to worry about it too much at this point).

Edward S. Marshall <> 
[                  Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.                  ]

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