Subject: Re: i386 booting, take 2
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Urban Boquist <email@example.com>
Date: 09/21/1998 20:57:23
>>>>> Alan Barrett writes:
Alan> Are you sure that the refusal to boot comes from the BIOS,
Alan> rather than from the code in the MBR?
Definitely, at least on one of my machines. It will hang solid during
the BIOS IDE disk probing (!) if I install NetBSD starting at sector 0
on an IDE disk. It never reaches the SCSI probe, or the actual
"booting", I have to hit the reset button. If I put "not installed" in
the BIOS for the offending disk, it will boot ok (from a SCSI
disk). When NetBSD is up I can use the IDE disk without problems.
Leaving the first track free on the IDE disk makes the BIOS happy, and
the disk bootable.
P.S. this was no more than an anecdote... ;-)