Subject: Re: Summary & followup: Questions/problems trying a first-ever
To: Greg Earle <email@example.com>
From: Michael Endrizzi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/16/1995 09:54:23
ditto on this.
o also always specify sectors not cylinders
o use the relative sector number from pfdisk as the offset in install.
found that out last night about 2:00am.
o don't use the whole disk, cut back a couple sectors
o only pfdisk seems to work, linux/os2/nortutils fdisk couldn't
get to work (doesn't mean they don't)
o use bteasy as dos boot program
> (1) "pfdisk" says "geometry 1006 64 32"; NetBSD driver probe says
> "1006 MB, 2700 cyl, 9 head, 84 sec, 512 bytes/sec". Who is right?
> The answer was "Trust ``pfdisk''" and "Welcome to the wonderful world of
> DOS and SCSI adapter geometry translation" (-: Whoa. What a concept.
> That took me rather aback (-:
> I also asked if there would be a problem because the NetBSD partition
> started on a head boundary, not a cylinder boundary. Jeff Kreska pointed
> out that with the 1006/64/32 geometry, it'll end up being on a cylinder -
> albeit translated - boundary, so don't worry. But I should make sure to
> use sectors instead of cylinders when partitioning, to make sure I don't
> screw myself (or trash DOS, which will make the owner really unhappy (-: )
> OK, so I guess when the install asks me for cyl/head/sec, I better type
> in "1006 64 32". Good thing I didn't try it with the wrong numbers (-: