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Re: PBR not bootable (eek!)

On 11/20/12, Greg Troxel <> wrote:

> Cool; that almost qualifies as retrocomputing - most old i386 stuff is
> just junk, but that's interesting.

Lord Knows what the thing cost when new. It was a gift to me from one
of my oldest friends, Jay Jaroslav, who hacked on some of the original
LISP machines at Project MAC. Retro indeed. <g> It still runs like a
charm, has not needed any new parts e.g. power supply, fans, all the
things that usually go kaput in six months on Chinese junk. The
Symbios scsi controller and two huge nine gig scsi drives were added
by me about ten years ago.

> So, if you can make a disklabel, newfs, use the fs, then the disk is
> basically ok.

Stop the presses! That is exactly what I did, and the drive is up and
running no problemo. Fdisk still shows "PBR not bootable," but the
filesystems I put on it pass fsck muster, so perhaps the lowlevel scsi
format fixed something. (I am, as is by now no doubt painfully evident
to all the herein-assembled faithful, way out of my depth here.)

> Some hints:

Thank you for a) getting back to this question so readily, and (b) in
such detail. You are too kind sir.

No no no, my fish's name is Eric, Eric the fish. He's an halibut. I am
not a looney! Why should I be tarred with the epithet looney merely
because I have a pet halibut?

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