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Re: Thanks Thomas!




Thomas Schmitt wrote:

> (It would be embarrassing if a different Thomas was meant.)

  context is good...  i dislike posting
last names to usenet/mailing lists.


> songbird wrote:
>> your recent efforts helped me get an
>> install going via USB stick on this ancient 
>> machine (the bug with the cd image not being
>> able to find isolinux.bin also was affecting
>> the netinst i386 cd-image i had downloaded).
>
> I assume you mean
>   https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=857597
>
> In this case i have to share the thanks with David Christensen, who
> reported the bug and bravely tested, and Martin Str|mberg, who produced
> the fixed code. 

  ack'd in moreinfo followup.  :)


>>  the dd to copy the bytes as posted to the
>> bug (see cd-image bug list for those who
>> care) took care of it and i was off and 
>> running...
>
> The vulnerable BIOSes seem to be more widespread than thought.

  old machines are still being used and people 
who might want to upgrade may try to use them
to write a new USB stick.

  i wasn't even sure at first that any new USB
stick would work (it did, i picked up a sandisk
cruzer the other day for a few $) on such an
ancient machine.

uses the Intel D865GVHZ chipset.


> The fixed MBR code piece
>   http://www.ludd.ltu.se/~ams/tmp/isohdpfx.bin.170324
> is said to be available only for a limited time.

  well now there are other people who have it.  i
hope the author released it as open source/bytes!  :)


> Be so kind and write a mail to  857597@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  which tells
> that David Christensen is not the only one who has a needy computer.
> Consider to support my proposal in
>   https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=857597#55
>   "I propose that Debian gets it too and offers it for download together
>    with a description what problem it might fix and how to apply it.
>    If it gets a Debian URL and if i get pointed to an empty wiki page,
>    i would volunteer to write the description."

  i added a moreinfo to it and a thank you.  i'm
not sure what else i can do.

  i have been searching for a local computer store
to visit because i dislike doing online hardware
purchases where i'm not sure if the hardware is
even found by the debian installer.  having a bootable
USB stick i can take with me is the goal.

  now i have to get the 64 bit version sorted out.

  ok, looks like the two versions are the same in
the first sector (netinst for i386 and amd64) so
the fix should work...

  here is the diff between fixed and unfixed


========
diff new amd
1,2c1,2
< 0000000   3 355 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220
< 0000020 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220 220
---
> 0000000   E   R  \b  \0  \0  \0 220 220  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0
> 0000020  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0  \0
7,21c7,21
< 0000140 203 341 001   t  \v   f 307 006 363 006 264   B 353 025 353 002
< 0000160   1 311   Z   Q 264  \b 315 023   [ 017 266 306   @   P 203 341
< 0000200   ?   Q 367 341   S   R   P 273  \0   | 271 004  \0   f 241 260
< 0000220  \a 350   D  \0 017 202 200  \0   f   @ 200 307 002 342 362   f
< 0000240 201   >   @   | 373 300   x   p   u  \t 372 274 354   { 352   D
< 0000260   |  \0  \0 350 203  \0   i   s   o   l   i   n   u   x   .   b
< 0000300   i   n       m   i   s   s   i   n   g       o   r       c   o
< 0000320   r   r   u   p   t   .  \r  \n   f   `   f   1 322   f 003 006
< 0000340 370   {   f 023 026 374   {   f   R   f   P 006   S   j 001   j
< 0000360 020 211 346   f 367   6 350   { 300 344 006 210 341 210 305 222
< 0000400 366   6 356   { 210 306  \b 341   A 270 001 002 212 026 362   {
< 0000420 315 023 215   d 020   f   a 303 350 036  \0   O   p   e   r   a
< 0000440   t   i   n   g       s   y   s   t   e   m       l   o   a   d
< 0000460       e   r   r   o   r   .  \r  \n   ^ 254 264 016 212   >   b
< 0000500 004 263  \a 315 020   <  \n   u 361 315 030 364 353 375  \0  \0
---
> 0000140 203 341 001   t  \v   f 307 006 361 006 264   B 353 025 353  \0
> 0000160   Z   Q 264  \b 315 023 203 341   ?   [   Q 017 266 306   @   P
> 0000200 367 341   S   R   P 273  \0   | 271 004  \0   f 241 260  \a 350
> 0000220   D  \0 017 202 200  \0   f   @ 200 307 002 342 362   f 201   >
> 0000240   @   | 373 300   x   p   u  \t 372 274 354   { 352   D   |  \0
> 0000260  \0 350 203  \0   i   s   o   l   i   n   u   x   .   b   i   n
> 0000300       m   i   s   s   i   n   g       o   r       c   o   r   r
> 0000320   u   p   t   .  \r  \n   f   `   f   1 322   f 003 006 370   {
> 0000340   f 023 026 374   {   f   R   f   P 006   S   j 001   j 020 211
> 0000360 346   f 367   6 350   { 300 344 006 210 341 210 305 222 366   6
> 0000400 356   { 210 306  \b 341   A 270 001 002 212 026 362   { 315 023
> 0000420 215   d 020   f   a 303 350 036  \0   O   p   e   r   a   t   i
> 0000440   n   g       s   y   s   t   e   m       l   o   a   d       e
> 0000460   r   r   o   r   .  \r  \n   ^ 254 264 016 212   >   b 004 263
> 0000500  \a 315 020   <  \n   u 361 315 030 364 353 375  \0  \0  \0  \0
========


  songbird