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Date:      Sat, 9 Dec 1995 12:52:36 -0600 (CST)
From:      Rob Snow <rsnow@txdirect.net>
To:        David Kirchner <dpk@eskimo.com>
Cc:        Terry Lambert <terry@lambert.org>, howard@genome.stanford.edu, dwhite@resnet.uoregon.edu, questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: Western Digital boot failures
Message-ID:  <Pine.BSF.3.91.951209124108.7275A-100000@oasis.txdirect.net>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.SUN.3.91.951209013129.10746A-100000@eskimo.com>

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On Sat, 9 Dec 1995, David Kirchner wrote:
> On Sat, 9 Dec 1995, Terry Lambert wrote:
> 
> > > 	I didn't think I should be, Ontrack is DOS software for one thing I 
> > > think, and also I have an EIDE controller. It said in the docs somewhere 
> > > (at least I thought) that Ontrack is for people who have IDE cards and 
> > > want to be able to use EIDE drives or something like that, sort of a 
> > > level above normal 'fdisk' can do.
> > 
> > 
> > OnTrack does geometry translation and translated C/H/S to lba for
> > EIDE drives.
> 
> 	Ok, well I'm not running OnTrack..
> 
> 	I tried disabling the on-board BIOS on my Promise card, but that 
> didn't solve anything. Something that is totally baffeling(sp?) me is 
> that whenever I set the main partition to be active and then I reboot, it 
> is no longer active.

Promise?  2300+ by chance?  I'm running one here with very good luck.
Things you might want to check:

	1) is lba off in BIOS? (motherboard)
	2) is lba off on the card?
	3) make sure that both of these are OFF when you format AND
	   fdisk the drive.  ( The Promise docs say that if its on/off
	   for (format or fdisk (dont remember)) that it stays that way.)
	4) I'd leave the onboard BIOS disabled if it's a 2300+, even
	   in Win95.  The drivers that are supplied override the cards
	   BIOS when they load and in FreeBSD you can mess with the 
	   flags in your kernel config to get 32bit access and multi-sector
	   transfers.  See LINT for example. )
	5) The __CRASH_OF_95__ happened here when I was jacking around
	   with attempting to reenable the cards BIOS to see what it did.
	   ( I guess I found out.  :-) )

> 
> 	I did try booting off boot.flp with the -rwd0 someone mentioned 
> worked for them in the email archives, yet it doesn't do anything 
> different, and even if it does, I can't tell because it still boots 
> sysinstall instead of /sbin/init. Any flags to change that?
> 
> 	*Sigh*, I'm really going to hate having to go back to Win95 =(
> 
> -- David Kirchner
> -- dpk@eskimo.com
> -- http://www.eskimo.com/~dpk/
> 
> 
> 

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