I set env variables as I intended, left the CD tray empty but plugged in the flash drive that had been reported as successfully installed with AOS, and rebooted:
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found AOS4 SLB
A1 Second-level booter V2.
Idea, design and main code: Andrea Vallinotto.
Testing and fixes: Stefan Burstroem
SFS and ISO9660 reading routines: Joerg Strohmeyer.
Linux booting extensions: Andrea and the GRUB team.
No config file found in any supported media device!
No configuration file found in any partitions.
Press any key to continue.
Obviously one of the devices was doing something, but I couldn't tell which, so I pulled the flash and rebooted. And got the old "* Timeout *," so it had to be the flash.
I spent some hours with the install disk, trying to make the harddrive bootable with no success. Somewhere along the way I looked at the flash drive again, and discovered that the DH0: into which I had installed the system was empty! OK, so I installed it again, wishing later that I had cut the partition down a bit from its 21Gb size. Since then I have been able to boot with the flash drive and use the SAM to a large extent. I haven't been able to go on-line, but I did copy in the printer driver from the hard drive, and can print although with some oddities to work out.
I feel like it would be nice to get the hard drive bootable, but maybe it doesn't really matter. I spent some time this morning finally able to update some files that had lain untouched since December 8th. Made sure I will be able to update my Final Calc files as soon as I dig out the data. It looks like I have a complete computer, even though the System (I call it "flash:" now, instead of "DH0:") is on a different disk from most of the programs and data.
One of the oddities: When I booted from the flash drive yesterday, I got a screen that was narrower than my monitor by about two inches left and right. Today it came up equally narrow, but the workbench color only reached a bit more than halfway down the screen, which I normally set to 1280x1024, black underneath except for a couple of the partition icons and the dock at the bottom. Until I moved the partition icons up into the colored area, there was no identifying text under them. It occurred to me that was somehow a result of Prefs limiting screen size to 1024x768. It couldn't do more than 768 pixels vertically? But DOpus5 and Odyssey and Final Calc both fill it top to bottom, and it did display icons and the Dock outside of the blue, so it remains a puzzle.
I am still going to seek help for getting on line and getting my screen set up full size, but I consider the SAM basically "recommissioned" now, and will start a new thread that doesn't require scrolling so far down. Maybe I'll meet you again there, Niels, Raziel, and javierdlr. Many thanks for your help in this thread.
Aloha a hui hou,