Half on, half off -- New CD-R drive and 512-byte blocks

From: Alexander Schreiber <als_at_thangorodrim.de>
Date: Wed Apr 10 20:54:08 2002

On Tue, Apr 09, 2002 at 04:27:50PM -0500, Dan Wright wrote:
> I do know, from experience, that any SCSI Plextor CDROM/CD-R/CD-RW will boot
> basically anything -- Sparc, SGI, RS/6000, HP,.... I've tried plextors of
> varying ages (old 8plex caddy-loader up to a 12/4/32 CD-RW that's about 1 year
> old) and they all work great...

In this case, I've got bad news or you. You might be out of luck trying
this with a VAXstation 3100. My VAXstation 3100 started to boot the VMS 7.1
install CD, but barfed halfway through loading the kernel. I was not
happy with either the 4x, the 8x or the 12 SCSI Plextor, nor with the
Toshiba drive (all set to 512 byte/sector). Ripping a DEC RRD42 out of
one of my DECstations finally did the trick. Seems like this machines
are rather ... touchy about what they boot from.

We're gonna be body guards for teen rock-stars. Wouldn't the cause of freedom
be better served if we killed them instead?
                        -- Schlock from the ''Schlock Mercenary'' comic strip
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