[Soekris] 4801 - Fussy about CF cards? What's your experience?
bill at stsx.org
Wed Jan 28 20:21:04 UTC 2009
On Tue, 2009-01-27 at 14:19 -0600, Karl Fife wrote:
> I have a 4801 that seems incredibly fussy about which CF card I use
> with it. No so for any of my 5501-60's or -70's of which we have
> several in service. With the majority of CF cards on the 4801 (both
> name-brand and generic) there seems to be corruption of system files
> either immediately (won't boot & error messages on a brand new image)
> or over time - develops problems - error messages & functional
I run a net4801 with the comBIOS version it came with, about 5 years
ago, 1.24 I think, and I never had a problem with it, at least not with
CF-card only (most problems reported on this list seems to involve CF +
IDE). Maybe you could be a bit more specific:
- which OS?
- which boot loader?
- what error messages?
- CF only?
- which CF brands do / don't work?
What you describe sounds like hardware (e.g. IDE controller) trouble to
me, but it's hard to tell from a distance of course. Do some specific CF
brands _consistently_ work? Did you try alternative boot loaders? Linux
+ Lilo should always work, if not then you very likely have a hardware
> I would like to know if others on this list have experienced similar
> behavior, or whether my board's just a good old-fashioned lemon.
> Am I failing to follow some arcane list of compatible CF cards?
> Any input is much appreciated.
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