Subject: Re: Anybody get the new boot blocks to work on stock 3000?
To: None <rhealey@MR.Net>
From: Ignatios Souvatzis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/07/1997 11:14:30
Rob Healey acknowledged in a private message to me that he had, in
order to transfer files between NetBSD and SVR4, left his root fs in
old-style, and that it works now after upgrading it to -c2 / -c3.
I'll add a warning to the man page soon.
Rob further complains, that he the font and screen mode used by the
boot block are ugly.
I'm afraid, that I can't do much about this.
I don't choose the font, and have only limited influence on the screen mode.
At the time bootblocks come in, we are not guaranteed to have DOS
available... actually, normally we are the first operating system
tried, so dos.library should still be closed. This means we don't have
disk fonts, and have to use whatever is the default ROM font.
As about the screen mode... If I recall right, I try to not change
anything about the screen mode, so that it comes up with the screen
mode you have chosen with the boot screen (you can choose 50 vs. 60 Hz
vertical refresh there, at least with V40/V41 ROMs.)
It might be possible to put some configurationability into the
installboot program (which currently is just a shell script wrapping
dd); I plan to work eventually on this. 'Til then, you can try to
change the displayid used fron 0x8000 to something else (about line 50