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    OpenBSD question (attn Ashcrow)

    I'm trying to install OpenBSD on a 486 with an IDE hard drive (500 megs). Here's my problem:

    When I try to install on partition 0 or 3 at an offset of 63, after the installation, my computer won't boot. It will display:
    Using Partition:0 Drive:3
    Drive is '0' when I install on primary partition 0.

    On the other hand, when I install with an offset of 0, there is no problem afterwards, the machines boots fine. But if I do fdisk wd0, it won't show any partition.

    Could you please help me? If you could also give me the steps of fdisk and disklabel, I would really appreciate, last time I did it, I was minor (that was in the 2.8 days)


  2. #2

    Re: OpenBSD question (attn Ashcrow)

    Is it 2.9 or 3.0 you are trying to install? Is there just one 500mb drive on the box? IDE?

    This is what I do for my installs ....

    Choose to use the whole disk.

    Delete all partitions (d *).
    Add a partition as root. (a a)
    Add b partiion as swap. (a b)
    (Add anything else as d on).

    at any time you need to see what you have done use p m (prints partitions in MB).

    and it whould work fine. OpenBSD's installer assumes that partition 'a' (wd0a I belive) is root and 'b' is swap (and c is the full disk).


  3. #3
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    Re: OpenBSD question (attn Ashcrow)

    It's OpenBSD 3.0 and there is only one IDE disk.

    Also, the problem happens when I choose to use the entire hard disk. And in disk label, is there a difference between d * and z?

  4. #4
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    Re: OpenBSD question (attn Ashcrow)

    And the error message is actually:
    Using Drive: 0 Partition: 3
    No the other way around. Sorry.

  5. #5
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    Re: OpenBSD question (attn Ashcrow)

    I tried what you said, but it doesn't work, I still get the same error :'(


  6. #6
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    Re: OpenBSD question (attn Ashcrow)

    You really don't know what could be causing this?

  7. #7
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    Re: OpenBSD question (attn Ashcrow)

    OK, I reinstalled with a offset of 0. And here's the output of 'disklabel wd0':


    # disklabel wd0
    # /dev/rwd0c:
    type: ESDI
    disk: ESDI/IDE disk
    label: QUANTUM FIREBALL
    flags:
    bytes/sector: 512
    sectors/track: 63
    tracks/cylinder: 16
    sectors/cylinder: 1008
    cylinders: 1056
    total sectors: 1064448
    rpm: 3600
    interleave: 1
    trackskew: 0
    cylinderskew: 0
    headswitch: 0 # microseconds
    track-to-track seek: 0 # microseconds
    drivedata: 0

    16 partitions:
    # size offset fstype [fsize bsize cpg]
    a: 982800 0 4.2BSD 1024 8192 16 # (Cyl. 0 - 974)
    b: 81648 982800 swap # (Cyl. 975 - 1055)
    c: 1064448 0 unused 0 0 # (Cyl. 0 - 1055)

    Anyone knows what 'ESDI' is? Is it before IDE? If so, could it be the reason why I'm having problems?

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    Re: OpenBSD question (attn Ashcrow)

    This is very odd ... I am not sure what to yell you. I don't think that ESDI has anything to do with it but I could be wrong. http://www.infran.ru/TechInfo/BSD/handbook120.html has information on ESDI. You may want to ask the question on the mailing list or use send_bug. ???

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    Re: OpenBSD question (attn Ashcrow)

    Wow. Well at least it looks like a easy fix.

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