Wanted to keep you posted on my problem I had, maybe it helps somebody...
Not every CF-Card is able to boot.
Some are not recognized by the IA-1 bios @ all.
If you stick a CF-Card in the slot and you see this (or any other value for Disk 3, depending on your CF-Card):
Disk 1: 15[MB] Disk 3: 61[MB]
than you have a bootable CF-Card.
If > Disk 3: #[MB] < doesn't appear, you have a unbootable CF-Card.
I have a CF-Card from "bsa" which is NOT BOOTABLE.
Because of this I bought a "Memorex" with 256MB and it's working fine.
My thoughts on this is that a CF-Card works like a ATA hard disk.
Every hard disk has a firmware (bios) for the controller on it.
So does a CF-Card, there is a kind of firmware too.
My "Memorex" is recognized by Win98 as a "Samsung ATA/ESDI device".
Cheap CF-Cards could have some limitations in the firmware build in.
Tried to install Win95-OSR2.5 (copied all needed parts from the CD) made the Sandisk DOS bootable, and installed Win95 on the remaining place on the CF.
Booted in 30s (from the power plug-in) with the Trident Super VGA driver from the Win95 CD (800x600) - but I didn't got all the usb system (found VIA drivers on the net) working properly (which I need for my Cable modem).
Does anybody have a Win95-OSR2.5 installation on his IA-1 or should I switch to Win98SE ?
Forgot to mention:
I would love to install Linux on my IA-1 but didn't find drivers for my Motorola USB Cable modem. Is there a driver somewhere ?