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Date:      Fri, 8 Dec 1995 15:03:13 -0800 (PST)
From:      David Kirchner <dpk@eskimo.com>
To:        dwhite@resnet.uoregon.edu
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Western Digital boot failures
Message-ID:  <Pine.SUN.3.91.951208145909.20845A-100000@eskimo.com>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.BSF.3.91.951208131359.207D-100000@gdi.uoregon.edu>

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On Fri, 8 Dec 1995, Doug White wrote:

> On Fri, 8 Dec 1995, David Kirchner wrote:

> > 	My drive is an 850MB EIDE drive by Western Digital and I am using 
> > the 'other OS compatibility' option. It has two small unused partitions 
> > around it in the partitioning table editor.
> 
> You imply this is the second disk on the first IDE controller.  Is this 
> true?  What is the configuration of your disks?

	I'm sorry, it is the first and only disk. I used that 'other OS 
compatibility' option in fdisk because it suggested I did that when I 
typed 'A' to automatically use the whole disk.

	I also forgot to mention, I have a Promise EIDE 2300+ controller 
and I noticed while browsing through the mail archives that this card was 
mentioned several times, unfortunately, not one message (that I found) 
ever said what to do to get it to work. One person mentioned disabling 
the on-board BIOS, but I cannot find how to do that in my manual. Also, 
if it matters, I'm running an AMD 486DX4-120 (who knows, it might be 
causing the problems...) with Award BIOS.

> 
> > 	When I use the booteasy option, I keep hitting F1 over and over, 
> > nothing ever happens other than repeating the "BSD  F?" banner.
> 
> As a note, booteasy will not start FreeBSD off the second disk without 
> some reprogramming.  You can use OS-BS or any other boot manager if you 
> need to boot off the second disk.  (I use OS/2's Boot Manager and it 
> works great.)

	I love the name of that, OS-BS, heh, when did Microsoft start 
making a boot manager? ;)

	Maybe I'll start using that when I get two drives, I just want 
this one working.

-- David Kirchner
-- dpk@eskimo.com -- http://www.eskimo.com/~dpk/ --




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