Hi everybody! I warn you that this won't be a short post... but I think it's much interesting.
I own an Acer Aspire 2001WLCI laptop (yeah, 5 years old!) and I just installed Fedora8.
The original 40GB disk configuration had 4 partitions: three FAT32 for WinXP Home and a fourth EXT3 for a small linux subsystem (~80MB) which is the infamous "Acer Arcade InstantOn". With my machine turned off, this OS is fired up by a "special" ARCADE key, which turns out to be a second power-button. Arcade provides an image-slider, DVD player, etc. (although NO DivX playback...) The content of this partion is:
[root@dante ~]# mount /dev/sda4 /media/82M/
[root@dante ~]# ls /media/82M/
boot dev etc lang.def lost+found ram_hdc.tar subfont.ttf unicode.ttf
[root@dante ~]# ls /media/82M/boot/
boot.0304 boot.b initrd.img kernel map
[root@dante ~]# ls /media/82M/etc/
lilo.conf lilo.conf.hdc.2 lilo.conf.hdc.4
lilo.conf.hda.4 lilo.conf.hdc.3 xxxlilo.conf
[root@dante ~]# cat /media/82M/etc/lilo.conf
Now, it seems that when I start my machine with ARCADE button, a different boot sequence is started, different from the "standard" boot sequence which leads to starting grub bootloader.
Well, with my old FC6, leaving Arcade Partition as the 4th, I still could use that OS. But when I replaced the original HD with a new 160GB device, I went to reinstalling the original SW with the original CDs and then creating other partitions for data and Fedora8. The actual situation is:
[root@dante ~]# fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x91769176
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 5737 46082421 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 5738 5750 104422+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 5751 14167 67609552+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda4 14168 14177 80325 83 Linux
/dev/sda5 5751 9574 30716248+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 9575 9705 1052226 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 9706 10980 10241406 b W95 FAT32
/dev/sda8 10981 14167 25599546 7 HPFS/NTFS
Note that /dev/sda4 is the Arcade partition (still the 4th!). With my machine turned off, if I press "Arcade" button, I run through a bootloader (which is not grub, no choices of what to boot...) and get a black-window error: "Missing Operating System".
Now, I modified my grub.conf as shown:
[root@dante ~]# cat /boot/grub/grub.conf
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda5
# initrd /initrd-version.img
title Fedora (184.108.40.206-42.fc8)
kernel /vmlinuz-220.127.116.11-42.fc8 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
title Windows XP
kernel /boot/kernel ro root=/dev/hda4 quiet video=vesa:mtrr vga=0x314
and, selecting the third option, I can run the Aspire Arcade
... so, it is not a problem related to SW/bootable partition, etc.
My question is: Is it a problem with BIOS? Can I solve it?
I also searched for something similar to GeeXboX
: can you give me an advice?
I'm eager to enjoy the possibility of playing MP3 and DivX/DVD without starting a regular Fedora8 session!
PS: I beg your pardon for this cross-post (also in Hardware