Subject: Re: Multi-OS/Multi-Disk Boots
To: None <tech-install@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Bernd Wiserner <>
List: tech-install
Date: 04/25/1995 12:14:07
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> From Tue Apr 25 01:25:39 1995
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> Subject: Re: Multi-OS/Multi-Disk Boots
> To: (Gary C. Jenkins)
> Date:	Tue, 25 Apr 1995 01:14:23 +0200
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> In-Reply-To: <9504242113.AA04024@solo> from "Gary C. Jenkins" at Apr 24, 95 02:13:25 pm
> From:	Luke Mewburn <>
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> > After scouring the net and examining and testing numerous boot
> > managers, it seems that putting DOS on my IDE drive and NetBSD
> > on my SCSI drive (not putting ANY part of either on the same disk)
> > and then attempting to boot is not quite as common as I had thought
> > it would be. I would like to keep this separation of the OS's and
> > be able to choose which OS to boot with and I would prefer to use
> > freeware. There is a program (System Commander by V Communications)
> > that seems to have the capabilities that I am describing. Has
> > anyone used either a freeware or commercial product to do what I
> > am describing?? This does not involve the install process except as
> > far as the boot portion is related to this. NetBSD is installed and
> > ready to boot on the SCSI drive.
> > Please feel free to offer alternate solutions to what I would like
> > or to tell me that what I would like to do is not currently possible.
> Method 1:
> Install something like booteasy ( on simtel).
> I'm pretty sure that it can be configured to select between bios C:
> and bios D: (so if your SCSI disk appears to the bios as D: you're set.)
> If you install this, only install it on the first drive (deny the
> request to install it on the second).
> When you boot you'll get a menu like:
> 	F1	dos
> 	f5	second disk
> hit f5. then you get the netbsd prompt. boot with something like:
> 	hd(1,a)/netbsd
> ('hd' tells the bootblocks to use the bios method to determine drive order)
This works only if NetBSD isn't installed with an offset of 0. 
> hope that helps,
> luke