> When I use a Freedos based bootable app such as Spinrite or Seatools
> on my old Dell XPS-R computer I always have a lockup when I try to
> boot from the CD. The screen freezes and the floppy drive light
> sticks on with what looks like constant floppy access attempts. The
> computer can boot from "regular" bootable CD's such as Linux
> distributions and the Windows install disks.
> Dell XPS-R 450 upgraded to 1.4Ghz, 768MB PC-100
> Intel SE440BX motherboard
Possible reasons, based on gut feeling: ;-)
- ISOLINUX and MEMDISK cannot handle some BIOS problem on that PC,
while the other bootable CDs use no MEMDISK and/or use a newer
version of ISOLINUX. Using grub4dos might be an option, too...
- MEMDISK should be configured to use raw access because that PC
does not have int 15.87 memory access. Test: Run FDAPM ACPIDUMP
Does it work w/o drivers, with HIMEMX, with HIMEMX and JEMM386?
- using boot diskette style CD boot might work better: Try making
a data CD/DVD with K3B and select Project - Edit Boot Images -
and e.g. the 2.88 or 1 of the 1.44 MB images of Rugxulo's distro