Subject: Re: booting off of second partition of second IDE drive?
To: Michael Graff <>
From: Phil Knaack <>
List: port-i386
Date: 04/18/1996 11:19:21
>>I have a friend who wants to load NetBSD onto the second partition of
>>his second IDE drive. How can one get NetBSD to easily boot that way?
>>Are there multiboot programs like os-bs that would support that

>I have used OSBS 2 something beta...  It ``works'' with one drive, and
>it does find the other partitions on the second drive.  However, I
>can't make it work with my new IDE drive.  I know, IDE, should use
>SCSI...  Well, I got a 2.5G IDE at a very good price.  Probably lower
>than cost, but not much.

	Would this problem have anything to do with that old 1024-cylinder
limit thing? I have no clue. I have done this though.

>What I see is that OSBS simply cannot overwrite the Windoze boot block
>that Microsoft blindly places in sector 0.  I don't know yet if this
>is a problem with running the OSBS install under Windows, but I have
>all the virus ``warning'' features disabled in the BIOS, so it's not
>that at least.

	I have OS-BS 2.0 beta 8 on my IDE disk with Windows 95. It 
works just fine, the only problem I do have is that I can't get a disklabel
on the drive to mount it from netbsd. (netbsd is entirely on SCSI.) One of
the following two things happens, I'm not sure which:

	1) bsd disklabel collides with osbs2.0
	2) bsd disklabel collides with win95 stuff

	In any case, I've got a "spare" machine here that has an "empty"
hard drive, and I'm going to be tackling the above problem tonight to 
see if I can get win95 and netbsd to share my disk.

>I can drop OSBS2beta on an FTP site if needed.

	I have it up right now at

	It is a self-extracting LHA file. It contains both the 2.0beta and
the older version.

Phillip F Knaack     
Database Programmer, NCREMP    Student Development Group
ISU Extension                  Project Vincent, Iowa State University