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 From:  Mark Wass <mark at market dash analyst dot com>
 To:  jai at innaloo dot net
 Cc:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] RE: - [m0n0wall] RE: CF Card Booting Woes - can't load 'kernel' - SOLVED!!
 Date:  Mon, 31 Jul 2006 10:18:52 +1000
Great to hear that your up and running.

Can I recommend you make a quit wiki item about this. I can see this 
coming up again in the future.

Mark


Jai Ketteridge wrote:

>Well after a BIOS update and some further investigation I have found out the
>issue. 
>
>I updated the board BIOS to the latest revision and tried another brand of
>CF card. I tried a Kingmax 256MB card and it was detected as a Hitachi CF
>Card. It booted all the way up to the console screen! I was overjoyed to see
>the CF adaptor and board worked ok and now it was clearly the Sandisk card
>that was causing isses. I set the drives to auto detect and noted their
>settings. 
>
>Both CF cards supported LBA mode and the main difference was that the
>Hitachi/Kingamax Card auto detected to use PIO mode 1 and the Sandisk
>Autodetected to use PIO mode 4. I manually changed the PIO mode to 1 for the
>Sandisk and it booted just fine!
>
>Now I can deploy a brand new firewall! Yipee!
>
>Thank you everyone for your help! I hope this thread may help others in the
>future
>
>JK
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jai Ketteridge [mailto:jai at innaloo dot net]
>Sent: Friday, 28 July 2006 9:30 PM
>To: 'Jason Collins'; m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
>Subject: RE: [m0n0wall] RE: CF Card Booting Woes - can't load 'kernel'
>
>
>Thanks Jason
>
>I tried a Kingmax card and still the same result with my IBM machines. They
>use a Phoenix Bios. Im still loving the old P2 400 HP.
>
>I will pull my hair out over the intel board this weekend.
>
>JK
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jason Collins [mailto:jason at mammothcomputers dot com]
>Sent: Friday, 28 July 2006 8:30 PM
>To: jai at innaloo dot net; m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
>Subject: RE: [m0n0wall] RE: CF Card Booting Woes - can't load 'kernel'
>
>
>About a year back I wrote in the list of how picky Intel boards are with
>devices they will boot to.  I tried all manner of CF adaptors, readers,
>etc... and the only units I could get to work outside of USB flash disks
>were the transcend IDE modules.  My advice if you are going to be using
>an Intel motherboard, even an OEM Intel board in a Dell server (I think
>they're all really foxconn anyway)is that you use the Transcend module
>and nothing else unless you enjoy pulling your hair out.  Also, someone
>mentioned not liking the transcend modules because he had to write the
>image in a different machine and then install them.  Here's how I do it:
>
>Ingredients:
>External CDROM
>USB flash drive with physdiskwrite and mono PC image on it
>Completed build with Transcend module installed
> 
>Steps:
>1. Attach external CDROM and USB flash
>2. Boot from CDROM using Windows PE disk (I use a Server 2003, but I
>think WinXP PE would work fine)
>3. PE automatically boots to command line to run physdiskwrite -- the
>Transcend is usually assigned C: as a drive letter and the USB flash D:
>
>Hope it saves people some time.
>
>jason
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jai Ketteridge [mailto:jai at innaloo dot net] 
>Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 7:34 PM
>To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
>Subject: RE: [m0n0wall] RE: CF Card Booting Woes - can't load 'kernel'
>
>I have tried a Current IBM Desktop PC 9210-D7M and an older IBM 6792-22A
>
>Im waiting on CPUs for my Intel 845 boards but will let you know how I
>go
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Lee Sharp [mailto:leesharp at hal dash pc dot org]
>Sent: Friday, 28 July 2006 1:19 AM
>To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
>Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] RE: CF Card Booting Woes - can't load 'kernel'
>
>
>From: "Jai Ketteridge" <jai at innaloo dot net>
>
>  
>
>>Hi Mark. These are plain old 256MB cards - not ultra 2
>>    
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>  
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>>I have 2 Dell SC430 and none of them boot with the IDE convertor - but
>>    
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>
>  
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>>do boot with a USB Card Reader (but not a successful boot to the 
>>console
>>menu)
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>
>Will they even boot IDE?  All the options I see from Dell are SATA and
>SCSI, not IDE.
>
>  
>
>>I have now tried the IDE convertor in 4 P4 machines with no luck but 
>>tried an old P2 HP machine tonight and it worked first time!
>>    
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>
>What machines?
>
>  
>
>>Im a little reluctant to put a 7 year old machine into a business for 
>>a firewall though!
>>    
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>
>I have a good 25 Dell GX200s which are P3 866 systems, and so far none
>have failed.  Good used equipment can be better than cheap new
>equipment.
>
>                                Lee
>
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