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Re: How to create a bootable USB stick for NetBSD 5.0

"Matthias Scheler" <> writes:

>On 26 Aug 2009, at 20:48, wrote:
>> I'm unclear if I'm doing this correctly.  The current fs on the USB  
>> stick is FAT16.
>> Should I newfs the USB stick?  If so to what? (A unix fs seems more  
>> sensible)

> Please read the following wiki page:


> It explains how to create a bootable NetBSD USB stick. I've
> used the easy method using  "" with success
> in the past.

Thanks.  Dustin Marquess suggested this offlist.  After the installboot and I 
get the "not bootable" message from fdisk, something seems wrong.

  # installboot -v -o timeout=1 /dev/rsd0a /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
  File system:         /dev/rsd0a
  Primary bootstrap:   /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
  Boot options:        timeout 1, flags 0, speed 9600, ioaddr 0, console pc

  # fdisk  /dev/rsd0d
  Disk: /dev/rsd0d
  NetBSD disklabel disk geometry:
   cylinders: 953, heads: 64, sectors/track: 32 (2048 sectors/cylinder)
   total sectors: 1952768

  BIOS disk geometry:
  cylinders: 954, heads: 64, sectors/track: 32 (2048 sectors/cylinder)
  total sectors: 1952768

  Partition table:
  0: NetBSD (sysid 169)
    start 32, size 1952736 (953 MB, Cyls 0-953/31/32), Active
        PBR is not bootable: Bad magic number (0x0000)
  1: <UNUSED>
  2: <UNUSED>
  3: <UNUSED>
  Bootselector disabled.
  First active partition: 0

  # file /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
   /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1: x86 boot sector


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