I have an old Atom 64 bit dual CPU laptop with an Award Bios 6.0.0GP.
I have run a multitude of linuxes on it from AntiX to Zorin as well as BSD and even React at one point.
However, I am encountering a mysterious bug.
If I insert the Haiku USB stick, the BIOS freezes solid and I have to reset.
If I remove the USB stick and reboot, everything goes back to normal.
During the POST if I insert the Haiku USB stick, it freezes instantly whether the PC enumerating the hard disks, running the RAM check whatever… requires me to unplug and plug the power.
I have flashed the image onto four different, known-good USB sticks and tried all four USB ports:
Instantly freezes the POST. Cannot press DEL, F10 or F2. have to unplug the power.
The USB sticks all worked in another old PC that I use.
I even put Mint Linux back on one of the USB sticks to see if somehow the USB sticks were fundamentally alteredm but it booted up fine. Once I put Haiku back on it, though, the insta-freeze returned.
Amazingly, even when using a USB3 powered hub, the moment I plug the Haiku USB stick into ANY of the ports, the PC freezes solid.
I’ve been playing around with PCs for nearly 40 years now and I’ve never had this exact error happen before…
Sure, I’ve had faulty hardware freeze a computer when plugged in, plenty of times in my career, and of course I’ve had USB images that were not compatible or faulty that freeze once the USB stick starts to load… but never an apparent software issue causing BIOS to crash before the USB stick even appears in the boot list.
TLDR: My Haiku Beta R4 USB stick crashes my computer BIOS the moment it is plugged in. Any ideas how I could test Haiku on this old dog of a PC?