Subject: Defining NetBSD Partition
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: John Gibney <email@example.com>
Date: 11/26/1994 10:43:16
I am currently looking at installing NetBSD 1.0 on my PC and
I want to keep my DOS environment as well as establish a
To quote the NetBSD-1.0 INSTALL. file:
> Preparing your System for NetBSD Installation:
> --------- ---- ------ --- ------ ------------
> Second, if you are using a disk controller which supports disk
> geometry translation, be sure to use the same parameters for NetBSD as
> for DOS or the other operating systems installed on your disk. If you
> do not, it will be much harder to make NetBSD properly coexist with
How do I find out what these parameters are? Are they the
'disk geometry' items (cylinders, sectors, etc.)? Are they
> Third, use the DOS "fdisk" program or another partition editor to
> repartition your hard disk. Create a partition of at least 40M in
> units, you will have to convert them). Once you have created the new
> NetBSD partition, mark it as having a partition type of 0xA5 (165, in
> decimal). If you used "fdisk" to partition your disk, you will
> probably have to use a different partition editor to mark the
> partition with the correct type.
Now, where can I acquire such a program? The PFDISK program
supplied with the distribution doesn't know about DOS past
version 4.0 (I'm running MS-DOS V6.2)... and even then, I
don't know if it would work anyway.
So, these are the questions I have:
Q. What 'parameters' have to be the same
between DOS and NetBSD partitions and how
do I modify these paramaters?
Q. What type of partition do I set for the
NetBSD partition when I run DOS FDISK?
Extended? Another 'primary'?
Q. Where can I get a DOS program to set the
0xA5 partition type for the NetBSD
Many thanks for any forthcoming help.