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Re: Compaq Evo boot problem

From: Francois Tigeot <ftigeot@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 16:49:28 +0200

On Sat, Jul 29, 2006 at 11:55:21PM -0700, Matthew Dillon wrote:
>     Again, in case the information got lost in the shuffle... before
>     messing with any DMA modes just try telling the BIOS to put the
>     disk in 'Large' mode.
>     The problem is that the BIOS misinterprets the slice table and
>     puts the disk into a strange mode that the boot code cannot
>     get it out of.  Its got to be a bug in the BIOS since packet mode
>     (which the boot code uses to read data from the disk) is supposed
>     to be independant of the disk access mode.
>     I'm sure that there's a tweak we can do to fdisk and boot0cfg
>     that will fix the BIOS's misdetection, but I have no idea what.

FWIW, FreeBSD 6.0 has no trouble booting from the machine I had this
problem on. 

Francois Tigeot

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