Subject: Re: portable box ideas?
To: Douglas Allan Tutty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 04/13/2007 22:53:00
On Fri, 13 Apr 2007 17:57:38 -0400
Douglas Allan Tutty <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I'm going to be traveling and would like to have a computer with me.
> I used to use an old Thinkpad but the tent I was using it in got hit
> by lightening and the screen and HD got fried. I can still use an
> external screen but I'm told by two local vendors that new hard
> drives won't be recognized by the BIOS to be bootable; a
> designed-obsolecence feature.
How old a Thinkpad? That doesn't sound right -- I've upgraded the disk
on many a Thinkpad, without any trouble as long as I wasn't trying to
copy the Windows partition...
The big issue with most old BIOSs -- and check thinkpad.com for updates
-- is that they can't boot anything whose blocks go past 8G or so. The
easy fix for that is to have a small / partition on a large disk, with
everything else in another slice. NetBSD doesn't use the BIOS, so
you're golden. You *might* have to muck with the drive geometry when
installing the system, though.
If you can borrow a 2.5" drive or pick up a cheap one on Ebay, it's
worth a try, I'd say.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb