Subject: install/9557: Installation problems with 1.4.1/i386, disk geometry invalid
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List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 03/06/2000 13:51:54
>Number:         9557
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       Installation problems with 1.4.1/i386, disk geometry invalid
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    install-manager (NetBSD system installation bug manager)
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Mon Mar  6 13:50:59 2000
>Originator:     Adolf Hohl
University Karlsruhe
>Release:        1.4.1
sorry, not available
i486, 32M, Asus SCSI SC-200 Controller, only ~500MB SCSI disk, no IDE-
devices, 1.44M Floppy

i tried to install NetBSD on my old i486. But I think there is a
little problem or bug with sysinst. The installation procedure asked
for the right goemetry of sectors, cylinders, etc. I've setted the
geometry manually to the geometry reported by linux fdisk.
But during newfs-command, i recognized another geometry NetBSD found
at boottime and disk detection. I verified with disklabel, that the 
geometry is not right. I think my i486 don't boot with a diskgeometry
with more than 1024 cylinders.

I proceeded the installation succesfully, but after rebooting nothing
appears on the display( only reboot^n, n --> inf).
/etc/disktab shows the same values as disklabel.

Boot from bootdisk, choose >install< in sysinst-menu.
Set the disk geometry by hand and choose >whole disk< before 
partitioning-menu. Watch newfs-command options or check geometry
with disklabel.


I think the problem is located at the sysinst-program, maybe
overwritten variables which takes the manually geometry setting