Subject: Re: boot problems on 4.0beta2 installation
To: None <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/25/2006 14:59:29
On Sun, 24 Dec 2006 21:11:39 -0500
"Steven M. Bellovin" <> wrote:

> I just installed 4.0beta2 on a new machine.  (I modified the INSTALL
> kernel by commenting out the SCSI disks, to make things fit...)
> There's something wrong with the mbr boot, though.  It displays both
> choices, waits the requisite 10 seconds, then says "Error 3", as if it
> doesn't have a default boot partition.  (I'm 99% certain I did specify
> one...)  If I type '1', it does boot NetBSD.  How do I fix this?  I've
> reread fdisk(8) many times, obviously missing something.  I haven't
> yet tried installboot, but I assume that that's not the problem since
> it does boot if I type '1'.
The solution was to run 'fdisk -B' -- somehow, it was set wrong.  I'm
not sure what happened.

		--Steve Bellovin,