Subject: Booting NetBSD
To: netbsd-users@NetBSD.org <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Rakhesh Sasidharan <email@example.com>
Date: 01/31/2001 01:55:49
What are the steps that one need follow to install NetBSD without going
through the install program ? I tried the following today, and am unable
to boot into NetBSD (1.5, btw):
1. Made the boot floppies, and booted with them.
2. Created a NetBSD partition (on wd0), disklabel-ed it, and mounted them
under /mnt and /mnt/usr.
3. Then I mounted the partition where I had the .tgz files (base.tgz etc)
4. After this, I untarred those files to /mnt.
5. Then, cd /dev && ./MAKEDEV all.
6. And: /usr/mdec/installboot -v /usr/mdec/biosboot.sym /dev/rwd0a
I use GRUB to boot my OSes, and I gave it the proper commands (root,
chainloader, boot), but it refuses to boot. I get some screen output like
"^_@%" and the machine hangs.
I then used my boot floppies to boot into NetBSD, and reissued the
"installboot" command from there. But still, same response from GRUB.
Then I tried to install the NetBSD boot-selector, and see if that might
work. Nope. I the function key to boot NetBSD, and I just get a
numerical output (ie, I press F5, and I get 3).
I have a 17 GB hard-disk, and NetBSD occupies the last 10 GBs. It could
be that NetBSD is beyond the "bootable region," but point is I have booted
NetBSD-1.4.2 and OpenBSD 2.7 from this same partition using GRUB
(NBSD boot-selector didn't do the job).
My only option remaining is install NBSD using the install program; but I
thought I'd ask you guys once. :)
Rakhesh Sasidharan firstname.lastname@example.org