Subject: Re: P3 500 + Western Digital 45GB = Error 3
To: David Laight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: matthew sporleder <email@example.com>
Date: 07/08/2004 23:21:28
Okay, this was the wrong geometry thing.
When I used the BIOS's auto-detect features, it would set the geometry
and the OS would read it wrong. If I told it to SKIP in the detect
screen, and then set it to AUTO 0 0 0 0 0 0 LBA, it worked from the
POST detection! (yay)
On Thu, 8 Jul 2004 18:43:41 -0400, matthew sporleder
> I'm working on reinstalling and trying two paths:
> The geometry of my disk is (I think) being wrongly reported to the
> netbsd installer.
> And possibly using the mbr boot loader from /usr/mdec, instead of the
> default one that's installed.
> Why linux is able to handle this and bsd isn't is beyond me. :)
> On Thu, 8 Jul 2004 22:39:48 +0100, David Laight <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, Jul 07, 2004 at 11:47:50PM -0400, matthew sporleder wrote:
> > > As a supplimental to this:
> > > Disk /dev/hda: 45.0 GB, 45020602368 bytes
> > > 240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 5815 cylinders, total 87930864 sectors
> > > Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
> > >
> > > Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
> > > /dev/hda1 * 63 83976479 41988208+ a9 NetBSD
> > > /dev/hda2 83976480 84188159 105840 83 Linux
> > > /dev/hda3 84188160 87045839 1428840 83 Linux
> > > /dev/hda4 87045840 87922799 438480 f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
> > > /dev/hda5 87045903 87922799 438448+ 82 Linux swap
> > >
> > > I am completely unable to boot into NetBSD.
> > > I'd like to try booting with grub, as the netbsd bootloader just gives
> > > me error 3's.
> > > Should this work as a grub entry?
> > >
> > > title NetBSD
> > > rootnoverify (hd0,0)
> > > chainloader +1
> > If the NetBSD boot loader is giving 'error 3' it is unlikely that grub
> > will do any better!
> > Error 3 is reported when the first sector of the mbr partition (sector
> > 63 here) doesn't contain boot code. This is usually added by installboot
> > but it (probably) relies on the root filesystem being at the start of
> > that partition.
> > If you boot from the install CD it ought to be possible to sort things out.
> > David
> > --
> > David Laight: email@example.com