Subject: install/7367: 1.4_ALPHA/i386 installation findings
To: None <>
From: Ty Sarna <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 04/12/1999 11:15:55
>Number:         7367
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       1.4_ALPHA/i386 installation findings
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       critical
>Priority:       high
>Responsible:    gnats-admin (GNATS administrator)
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Mon Apr 12 09:20:03 1999
>Originator:     Ty Sarna
	Endicor Technologies, Inc., San Antonio, Texas
>Release:        1.4_ALPHA

Asus PCI/I-486SP3G, AMD 486DX4-100, Quantum Fireball 1080S,
1.4_ALPHA snapshot, fresh install over Windows '95

	I tried a fresh, full-disk install over W95 on the above
	machine. Here's what I found:

	- Display corruption while running commands. The window commands
	  run in was missing parts of its right edge, and the text above
          was garbled in several ways (failed to erase previous text
	  before drawing, addition of extranious text, intended text
	  seemed to be missing several characters at the start, etc.

	  While this doesn't interfere with the install, it looks *so*
          bad as a first impression, and may cause people to give up
	  right then.

	- Unable to fetch sets, due to single quotes ("unable to contact
	  host 'ftp"). I believe I saw that this has already been fixed.

	- After fetching sets and unpacking by hand, on rebooting
	  the BIOS reported that the partition table was invalid.
	  Investigation showed that there were two active partitions:

		0: sysid 0 (unused)
		    start 62, size 0 (0 MB), flag 0x80
		        beg: cylinder    0, head   1, sector  1
		        end: cylinder 1011, head  33, sector 62
		1: <UNUSED>
		2: <UNUSED>
		3: sysid 169 (NetBSD)
		    start 62, size 2133234 (1041 MB), flag 0x80
		        beg: cylinder    0, head   1, sector  1
		        end: cylinder 1012, head   0, sector  1

	  (note, the above transcription is probably not
	  letter-for-letter accurate, but the essential
	  informtion is correct)

	- Comment: since wscons is now the default, should the install
	  disk use it too? Might it help with the curses display
	See above.