USB booting :: usb starts up ... hangs

successfully created a working floppy|usb boot on desktop at work

no such luck with my personal laptop (specs follow)
when boot on external usb floopy, execute dsl fromusb, everything works until;

first error message; modprobe - can't locate module block-major-2

then it hangs at;
scanning hd, creating /etc/fstab (the hd is formatted with win98se)

> Laptop
> Manufacturer: Toshiba
> Model: Portege Tablet PC
> Processor: 1.33 GHz Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor
> Number of Processors: 1
> RAM: 512 MB
> Hard Drive: 40 GB
> built-ins; ethernet, 1 SD and 1 CF card slots, 2 USB1 ports, modem (funky keyboard layout)
> no internal floppy or cd-rom
> external USB floppy, external usb CD-ROM

Maybe adding waitusb will help.

boot: dsl fromusb waitusb

dsl fromusb waitusb; no workee!
it still hands at the message, scanning for harddisk partitions and creating /etc/fstab/ ...

Quote (lmart @ June 16 2008,08:52)
first error message; modprobe - can't locate module block-major-2

Block-Major-2 means it can't find an internal floppy. Don't mind that :D

Also, what version are you trying? Current/4.4? If waitusb does not work, have you tried 3.4.11? The switch from 3.4.x to 4 added some sata support, while dropping some scsi support (Scsi being used for some usb). It can help narrow down the problem (My thinclients won't boot from dsl 4.x standard, atleast with a usb-ide cdrom.  :/ )

Linux kernel 2.4.31

The floppy is an external usb floppy (Dell) , it appears to read the usb pendrive ...

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