Subject: Re: Soekris 4801 craziness: boot timeout
To: Alan Barrett <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: tech-embed
Date: 10/15/2005 10:09:41
In message <>, Alan Barrett writes:
>On Fri, 14 Oct 2005, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>> I am *trying* to set the boot timeout on my CF card.  Here is the exact 
>> command I used, on a laptop with a PCMCIA adapter:
>>  installboot -v -o timeout=5,console=com0,speed=19200 /dev/rwd1a /usr/mdec/b
>> But the boot timeout is always 0 when I boot.  Trying the command from 
>> the Soekris, in single-user mode, doesn't help.
>The i386 boot timeout is implemented by repeatedly calling the BIOS
>"delay n microseconds" function, and some BIOSes get it wrong.
>Try setting a huge delay (it's a 32-bit integer) and see how
>fast it counts down.
Good call.  I set it to 500; not sure what that comes to in seconds, 
but it gives me a chance to react.  I'll probably up it to 100.

		--Steven M. Bellovin,