Subject: Booting NetBSD 1.3.2 with the NT boot loader
To: None <>
From: Marcus Glocker <>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/19/1998 10:49:32


I have a PII-333 system with 2 UW SCSI discs on a Adaptec 2940UW

NT 4.0 is installed on the first disc with scsi id 0 (boot-disc).
NetBSD is installed on the second disc with scsi id 2.

I can boot NetBSD directly if I set the second disc bootable with the
adaptec bios.
What I want is that I can boot NetBSD with the NT boot loader. So I do
on NetBSD:

dd if=/dev/rsd1a of=bootsect.bsd bs=512 count=1

I copy the file on a ms-dos floppy disc, boot NT, copy the file on the
partition and do an entry in boot.ini:


I reboot NT and choose in the NT boot loader the NetBSD entry and got
nice message:

No bootable partition

Why can I boot NetBSD directly from its disc, but not with the nt boot
I am sure the bootsect.bsd is not corrupted, because I created it about
10 times!

BUG Report

If you want to boot NetBSD with a NetBSD boot-floppy disc on a ATAPI
floppy-drive which is know as a IDE device, NetBSD will crash (reboot)
after its loaded
its boot-block without any messages (black screen, reboot).


Marcus Glocker                  Telefon     061 385 86 84
nextron internet team GmbH      Fax         061 385 86 81
Rheinhafen St. Johann 18        Natel       079 335 35 74
CH-4056 Basel                   E-Mail