[Coco] Trouble with nitros9
fwp at deepthought.com
Mon Jul 4 15:38:47 EDT 2005
Fortunatly I didn't have to go as far as formatting the nitros9 partition
of the cf card. The filesystem was intact although a number of files were
trashed. Fortunatly my Unix admin instincts kicked in and the first thing
I did after I got my ls-120 drive was to use "dsave" to copy the directory
structure onto a 128meg floppy. It made fixing the filesystem trivial!! :-)
The problem I had was fixing hdb-dos drive 255. The whole time I was able
boot my machine from a backup of the superdriver disk I have. From there I
followed the read.me that you supplied. unfortunatly it didn't go exactly
as easily as running the mb_hdb_dd script. Unfortunatly the script makes
use of "prompt_plus" which I couldn't find anywhere on any of the disks
I have including the nitros9 distro disks. A little work with "edit" changed
the "prompt_plus" to "prompted" and then all worked.
On the positive side I now have a collection of bootable disks. :-)
On Mon, Jul 04, 2005 at 07:51:26AM -0500, Mark Marlette wrote:
> At 08:50 PM 7/3/2005, you wrote:
> The specific information you need is on your invoice. HDB-DOS's 256 virtual
> drives and a NitrOS-9 partition of ~127MB if IIRC. There is left over space
> on the CF for another NitrOS-9 partition. I like to keep the cluster size
> to one. Some older utilities like B&B assumed a cluster of one and POOF
> goes the integrity of the drive.
> With out a floppy boot, as per the instructions in /dd/startup. This is
> going to be a big task, not impossible. Get a bootable disk, add the
> descriptors and drivers in(see below). If you make make your descriptors,
> make sure that you shut off the auto query bit in the descriptors on the
> partitioned drive. The descriptors by default query the drives, it doesn't
> assume a partition is present.
> This is why it is so important to get a floppy boot BEFORE you have
> If you can get the descriptors set up and get the backup from the LS-120 to
> restore the CF. You will then restore the scripts that were used to create
> the system. Also in this backup you will find the descriptors so that you
> don't even need to create them. Use the bootlists and you will see what and
> where they are located.
> Hopefully this helps.
> >A while ago I got a superide interface along with a CF card from Cloud 9.
> >At the time I bought it Mark was nice enough to load hdb dos and nitros9 on
> >the cf card along with a script to allow me to choose with OS I wanted to
> >boot into.
> >Unfortunatly a few weeks ago I managed to muck up the nitros9 installation
> >the point were it wouldn't boot anymore. Since I figured I'd need a floppy
> >drive to do anything about it I put the machine and card away and waited
> >the drive I bought on ebay to arrive. That happened friday and saturday I
> >that I would see what I could do to reinstall or fix the installation on
> >the card so
> >that it would boot. All the data I was interested in keeping had already
> >stored on a ls-120 disk so there's no need to save anything on the card.
> >The way it was originally installed the 256meg cf card was partitioned
> >with half
> >being allocated for hdb-dos and 256 virtual disks and the second half was
> >for nitros9. Loading nitros9 was done by means of a specially configured
> >"disk 255".
> >Although I had a gut feeling that I should leave the virtual hdb-dos 255
> >alone I cleared
> >it with a dskinit. My problem now is creating a "boot floppy" to backup
> >into disk 255
> >so that I can boot nitros9. I tried following the instructions included
> >with the documentaion
> >but had no luck. Has anyone been able to do what I'm trying to accomplish?
> >The instructions
> >on how to do this seems to be geared for people with a lot more knowledge
> >about all of
> >this then I have. I seem to be missing a handfull of steps. :-(
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