DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2007-02
Re: Installing Dragonfly 1.8 hangs BIOS completly
Rauf Kuliyev wrote:
I bet it is IBM ThinkPad. You can find additional information here:
No it isn't a ThinkPad, it's a Bullman (noname), similar to an Acer.
FreeBSD runs without change to the bootblock.
NetBSD 3.1 runs as well, but during install I have to specify the disk
This night I installed DragonFly 1.4.0-RELEASE (via dfly.iso) on it, and
it works perfectly!
Strange is that NetBSD seems to use a different disk geometry than
DragonFly 1.4, and DragonFly 1.8 uses a different one as well!
in-core disklabel geometry
cylinders=20672 heads=45 sectors/track=63
BIOS geometry: same as above
start 63, size 58605057 (28615 MB)
beg: cyl 0 head 1 sector 1
end: cyl 191 head 44 sector 63
Strange, when I boot the DragonFly 1.8.0-RELEASE installer (after
installation of 1.4 or modifying the harddisk) I get:
cylinders=58140 heads=16 sectors/track=63 (1008 blks/cyl)
I don't know about the issues involved with different disk geometries,
but as this is the only difference I see between DragonFly 1.4 and 1.8,
maybe this might be a problem?
On 2/19/07, Michael Neumann <email@example.com> wrote:
Just a few minutes ago, I installed Dragonfly 1.8 onto my laptop.
Then I rebooted, and the BIOS hung up completely after showing that it
detected the harddisk and cdrom. I powered down and tried again, but
that didn't worked either. I couldn't even boot a CD or anything else or
couldn't even enter the BIOS setup.
The only thing that worked was to remove the harddisk physically and
then pluging it in a few seconds after the BIOS crossed the detection of
the devices. Using this method, I booted the Dragonfly installer cd and
used the disk tools to wipe out the beginning of the harddisk. Then I
rebooted again and voila, I could boot normally (without removing the
Now I tried a second time to install Dragonfly 1.8, but after I reboot
the BIOS hangs again!
I know that the BIOS should not hang up itself, but on the other hand
that didn't happen with any other operating system I installed on my
laptop (FreeBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly 1.6). So I think there is something
wrong in the 1.8 version. Any hints?