It appears to come from the bios, before you can hit F10 to get into the
bios settings, and it is from the boot floppy, of which I have made several.
I'll have a look at the loadlin option, although I didn't think you could
actually install using loadlin.
Senior Technical Consultant
From: Glen Gray [mailto:glen at antefacto.com]
Sent: 03 April 2001 11:39
To: HAMILTON,DAVID " "(HP-Ireland,ex2)
Subject: Re: [ILUG] Compaq Armada and Linux
Is that an error when loading from the boot floppy or when the install
program trys to access the harddrive.
I guess if it's the boot floppy then the obvious thing would be to try
and make another one from a disk that you know is ok.
If it's the hard drive then perhaps a low level format of the disk might
If it's already running windows most of the distros have a batch file
that uses loadlin to load linux into memory. If you can't get the thing
booting from the floppy then this might be an option.
On 03 Apr 2001 11:31:17 +0100, HAMILTON,DAVID (HP-Ireland,ex2) wrote:
> Hi All,
>> I have got my hands on an old Compaq Armada 1572D (I think) laptop.
> It's a Pentium MMX with 32Mb RAM and a 3 Gb Disk.
> It has a CD-ROM, but won't boot from it.
> I reckoned that this would make a pretty handy linux box, except I can't
> Linux onto the damn thing.
> When I try to boot from a Linux Boot disk, I get a bios error saying that
> the boot record is invalid :-(.
> Anyone been there and found an answer?
>>> David Hamilton
> Senior Technical Consultant
> HP Ireland
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