Re: Bloody alpha ignorant
> > > vmunix: tu0 at eisa0
> > > vmunix: tu0: DEC TULIP (10Mbps) Ethernet Interface, hardware address: 08-00-2B-93-71-D3
> > > vmunix: tu0: no console mode: defaulting to 10BaseT (UTP) port: half duplex
> > I got the thing to install on a second SCSI disk that was left in the
> > box, unused (/dev/sdb). Problem: It won't find the tulip NIC!!
> > Is there anything I have to do before it finds that? I tried tulip and
> > tulip_old with the default settings.
> Oh, and another thing: My partitioning sucked bigtime (aboot wan't
> able to write it's stuff) -- is there a recommended layout (for a 1GB
> disk - and 256 MB RAM)?
> For the time being I rebooted in OSF/1 -- which still works - phew!
For aboot to be able to install the boot loader, you need to leave unused
the first sector on your system - Yes, used by the 'c' (wholedisk)
partition, but empty otherwise. Here is the output for my HD:
$ /sbin/fdisk /dev/hda
Detected an OSF/1 disklabel on /dev/hda, entering disklabel mode.
To return to DOS partition table mode, use the 'r' command.
BSD disklabel command (m for help): p
# start end size fstype [fsize bsize cpg]
a: 2 4065 4064 ext2
b: 39286 39693 408 swap
c: 1 39693 39693 unused 0 0
d: 4065 12191 8127 ext2
e: 12192 20514 8323 ext2
f: 20514 28836 8323 ext2
g: 28837 39285 10449 ext2
You can see that, while 'c' occupies from sector 1 until 39693, its
filesystem is marked as 'unused' - Alphas, as many other Unix
architectures, require partition c to be the 'wholedisk' partition. Yes,
swriteboot will still complain about this, but you can safely ignore it.
Take a look at man swriteboot - I usually do:
swriteboot -f3 /dev/hda /boot/bootlx
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