Subject: Re: I386 booting oddness
To: Luwenth the Lewd <email@example.com>
From: Michael Graff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/17/1997 17:40:42
Luwenth the Lewd <email@example.com> writes:
> Award Plug and Play Bios Extension v1.0A
> Copyright (C) 1997, Award Software, Inc.
> Detecting HDD Primary Master ... Maxtor 82560A4
> Detecting HDD Primary Slave ... CD-ROM TW120D
> Detecting HDD Secondary Master ... NONE
> Detecting HDD Secondary Slve ... NONE <hang>
I had the _same_ problem with my P200 MMX I recently bought... If I
installed a hard drive without a BIOS partition table, it would hang.
My solution was to throw the IDE drive out and use SCSI, but I did
get the IDE to boot by setting up a BIOS partition table and making
the only partition in there be NetBSD.
One other motherboard I had was more seriously brain damaged... It would
only configure PCI devices if it needed them to boot. This violates what
I understand the PCI spec requires -- the firmware is supposed to configure
the PCI devices.
The Award BIOS I now have even configures devices on the other side of
PCI bridges. Pretty cool.