Subject: Re: Problems running NetBSD or OpenBSD on newer IBM laptops?
To: Frank van der Linden <>
From: Peter Wemm <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 11/29/2000 20:58:16
Frank van der Linden wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 30, 2000 at 09:05:55AM +1030, Greg Lehey wrote:
> > In the last couple of days we've been having a discussion in the
> > FreeBSD mobile list about a bug in newer IBM laptops.  See
> > for more details.
> > Basically, it seems that the IBM BIOS uses partition type 165 for its
> > own purposes, and goes crazy if it doesn't find what it wants in it:
> If type 165 is the problem, then NetBSD will certainly not have that problem,
> since it uses 169 these days.

I half wonder if we should make FreeBSD recognize a secondary partition type
as well, just in case.  For example, our fdisk.c suggests that 168 (0xA8)
and 175 (0xAF) are free.. Maybe one of them?  Then we can try using the
alternate on the wretched thinkpads (sysinstall will let the user put in
any partition type they want).

Peter Wemm -;;
"All of this is for nothing if we don't go to the stars" - JMS/B5