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Date:      Sat, 14 Sep 96 09:51:44 CST
From:      "Wayne M. Barnes, Ph.D." <barnes@biodec.wustl.edu>
To:        questions@FreeBSD.org, support@cdrom.com, JBarnes@CCO.caltech.edu
Subject:   Workaround
Message-ID:  <48994.barnes@biodec.wustl.edu>

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      Boot: Error: C:0 H:0 S:0
            Error: C:0 H:0 S:0
            Error: C:0 H:0 S:0
            ... endlessly repeating

>Busted floppy.  Try with a new, error-free flopy.  Try making the disk
>under DOS.

Dear FreeBSDers,

     Thanks for the suggestions, several of which were "busted 
floppy", as above, but I don't think that's my problem, since I 
remade the floppy several times, and  booting from the hard drive 
gives the SAME ERROR.

     My system is up again, and here is how I do it:  

         I boot DOS6.22 with no EMM386 (my "vanilla" configuration).  

         Then, I execute fbsdboot.exe, which I found on the CDROM.  I 
copied it to my DOS hard drive, and I just say 

fbsdboot

     My FreeBSD partition then boots up fine.  

     I have made this outcome a menuitem in my DOS config.sys and 
autoexec.bat files, which is therefore acting as a more reliable Boot 
Manager for me than Boot Easy, which continues to lead to the same 
error.  

Conclusion:

     Since my system can boot with this workaround, there must not be 
any fundamental hardware or FreeBSD operating problem.  Maybe it's the 
boot manager?  Or something very early in the boot process that can't 
find its way on my disk.  

     Again, thanks for the feedback, and you probably haven't heard 
the end from me.  P.S. How do I subscribe to this bulletin board, or
what's its news group name?  


Wayne M. Barnes, Ph.D.             fax: 314/362-7183  or 362-3350
Dept. Biochemistry 8231, Washington Univ. Med.School
4566 Scott Avenue   Barnes@biodec.wustl.edu http://mbb.wustl.edu/~barnes/
St. Louis, Missouri 63110 USA       ph: 314/362-3351



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