Subject: Re: Can't boot NetBSD CD on Thinkpad
To: Jason R Thorpe <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/16/2000 15:04:12
On Sat, 16 Dec 2000, Jason R Thorpe wrote:

:  > When I *attempt* to boot from my laptop (Thinkpad 600), it says
:  > "booting wd11a:netbsd", starts booting, prints the first two of the
:  > numbers:
:  >
:  >    2487259+2183616-
:  >
:  > then locks up.
: I attempted to debug this for Steve Bellovin at the IETF.  It looks like
: the 2.88MB floppy emulation for El Torito doens't work right on the
: Thinkpad.  Try putting the floppy images onto floppies and booting those.

If we keep having problems like these, we could move to a two-part CD boot:
using a 1.44MB floppy image with just the libsa booter (or the tiny boot
image), and a ramdisk kernel file, gzipped, on cd0a without the filesystem
trimmings.  With proper boot instructions, any number of ramdisk kernel
files, put in i386/binary/kernel/, could be used without the limitations of
a 1.44MB image or odd machines rejecting non-1.44MB images.

jwise & garbled have already talked about creating a ramdisk kernel with all
the trimmings like RAIDframe and ccd, and this kernel could be used here.

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