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Date:      Sat, 23 Jul 2005 12:38:41 +0000
From:      Robert Slade <bsd@bathnetworks.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: what's next? (error after BTX started)
Message-ID:  <list.freebsd.questions#list.freebsd.questions#list.freebsd.questions#1122122321.26643.3.camel@lmail.bathnetworks.co.uk>
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On Sat, 2005-07-23 at 12:05, user local wrote:
> This computer I'm writing from is a Compaq Evo D310m/845 r BU ALL
> I found enthusiastic articles about FreeBSD, so I decide to download the 
> stuff (FreeBSD5.4RELEASEi386) and I start to load it.
Snip

> But seriously, I noticed that something strange is happening w/ booting even 
> Micro$ on theese boxes, as well on some compaq laptops: the only floppy I 
> manage to boot from was a Partition Image one, and when I installed an Open 
> on a laptop, I discover a hidden partition at the begining of the hard disc. 
> Several Live CDs and other booting CDs stuff, an W2k including, also failed. 
> I have 20 boxes like this, and that's happend not only on a specific one, so 
> it can not be a CD drive problem.
> 
> Help me, please! just once!
> Bundy, Al, esq.

The hidden partition is most likely the Compaq utilities. You should be
using these to setup the machine for installing an OS. On my Compaq
Prolient they are called at boot time by pressing F10.

Rob

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