Yes, I looked all over this BBS and found nothing useful on this topic.
I have an IOpener 2001 w/ the 5.0.0 BIOS from Badflash, a Pentium 200 MMX, 128MB SODIMM, and a 20GB IBM Travelmate drive containing Windows 2000, Progeny Linux, and FreeBSD 4.3. The OSes were installed on a Thinkpad 600E and were all tested extensively before installing the drive in the IO2001.
When I go to boot any of the OSes (they're bootable from within FreeBSD's loader), I get a few lines of pre-boot stuff and then the IOpener either reboots or locks. In other words, Windows 2000 gets to the end of the character mode dotted bar indicator then reboots the machine; Linux gets to "Uncompressing kernel" and reboots; FreeBSD gets past the "hit enter to boot" and sits with the first character of the spinning bar, locking the system.
I've set the CPU voltage to everything from 2.0 to 2.8 (the CPU is supposed to be at 2.8; others in this BBS have set theirs to 2.6 to fix erratic IOpener operation). None improves the situation. I've tried both the Rise 266 and Pentium 200 MMX processors. Both have problems. I've taken the 6.5GB drive out of my other (v3, I think) IOpener which I KNOW works and plugged it in. The OSes on that drive won't boot either, ending in a reboot. I've swapped the new 128MB SODIMM for the original that came with the IOpener. Nope. I've done everything except try another BIOS.
So... Does anyone know if this could be a BIOS issue? Badflash does great work, but even the best of companies has a faulty chip or an accidental static zap every now and then. I see so many people here with success stories re: IOpener 2001s that I can't help but think that something new is causing this. The system booted fine with the original BIOS, but it booted to the IOpener built in stuff. Having swapped out everything that's new on this EXCEPT for the new 5.0.0 BIOS, I'm sort of suspicious.
I don't want to bother Badflash if there's another alternative. If anyone knows of any, I'm all ears. If nothing comes up, I'll call Badflash and beg for another BIOS, or at least to have the one I'm using checked out.