Subject: Re: 1.2_BETA problems / booting on IDE
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Ronald Khoo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/29/1996 10:20:43
Yeah, I've seen this before. Took me ages to figure it out too :-)
Okay, the problem is that the BIOS has a problem with using any
geometry other than the "DOS translated LBA geometry". This
means that the only generic way I know of getting around the
problem is to
Format disc under DOS
use PFDISK.EXE to enquire what geometry actually got used
install *bsd using the geometry reported by pfdisk, NOT
the geometry reported by the device probe.
You can skip the format/pfdisk *if* the BIOS tells you what the LBA
geometry is -- the Intel Endeavour AMI BIOSes which cause
the error I've seen don't.
In article <199608282234.WAA18450@whydos.lkg.dec.com> email@example.com 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.
> 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.
>Matt Thomas Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
>3am Software Foundry WWW URL: http://www.3am-software.com/bio/matt.html
>Westford, MA Disclaimer: I disavow all knowledge of this message