Subject: Re: 1.2_BETA problems / booting on IDE
To: Matt Thomas <>
From: Niklas Hallqvist <>
List: port-i386
Date: 08/29/1996 09:34:30
Yes this is a known problem with DEC Celebris.. I have some boot blocks
which hardcodes the boot to always boot from harddisk.. they won't be 
usable to boot from floppy though.  The problem is the BIOS reports the 
floppy to be the boot device even when booting from HD, check the floppy 
light.. holds the blocks

I'm not i386 hacker so I don't know how to solve this "right" these 
bootblocks has however been helpful for us and at least one other company 
I've fed them too, even if it's a kludge

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On Wed, 28 Aug 1996, Matt Thomas wrote:

> I have a nice semi-new DEC Celebris with a P100 and 16MB.  For disk
> it has a 800MB IDE Maxtor.  I can install NetBSD just fine.  However, 
> I can't boot from hard disk.
> I get
> 	Read error
> I can boot via floppy.  I've tried this using the entire disk and have
> a real DOS partition table and a NetBSD partition.  The same thing happens.
> I boot view floppy and boot the hard disk and that works fine.
> Ideas?
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