bootloader problems

Eugene communique at
Mon Feb 13 13:25:46 PST 2006

I've noticed some problems wit bootloader: when it comes to a boot menu 
and the countdown is started, on some machines a counter does not count 
from 10 to 0, but cycles in 9-8-9-8 and so on, and after 10 seconds 
prints some garbage on screen and hangs. But pressing "Enter" or 
choosing any boot option from the menu while it is still attempts to 
count boots a system with no problems. Tested since 06-04-2005 with 1.2 
prerelease, 1.2 release and 1.4 release.
Unfortunatly, I can't access a large park of machines in a considerable 
short time to view, if this was a CPU-dependent, or 
motherboard-manufacturer-dependent problem, but I do believe, this was 
not cased by any other hardware. The only thing I know is that all these 
machines are now in a working state and running variouse operating 
systems with no problems.

Here is some statistic for problems with bootloader.
via 586 + Celeron 300A - problems
nForce3 + Sempron 3000+ - problems
nForce2 + Sempron 2500+ - problems
via KT133 + Duron (Morgane) 1300 - OK
via KT133 + Duron (Spitfire) 750 - OK
i430VX + Pentium-S 133 - OK
ali 154x + Cyrix MII-300+ - OK
i810 + Cyrix (VIA) CIII 500 - OK
i440LX + Celeron 433 - OK
i945 + Pentium-4 3000 - OK
i440BX + Pentium III - 800 - OK
i440BX + Pentium II - 450 - OK
AFAIR, there was no problems with
i810 + Celeron 600, i815 + Celeron 600,
Via MVP3 + AMD-k6-2-(300?).
The last is an interesting case, because it has a faulty RAM (memtest86 
3.2 and memtest86+1.65 are indicating the same bad addresses in low 
memory) - and is working fine! ;)

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