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Re: Help w/ install image on compactflash(cdrom38.fs or floppy38.fs)

There are a couple of ways to do this:
1) if you have a Windoze machine:
  a. get a *.fs from OpenBSD
  b. get physdiskwrite from m0n0wall
  c. plug CF-USB adapter into PC, write *.fs using physdiskwrite

2) you can also do this from Linux. I use a USB-CF device and dd... I 
don't recall off top of my head whether I used a *.fs or *.rd. If you're 
still stuck, email me & I'll dig up the details.


On Wed, Dec 14, 2005 at 10:44:05PM -0500, the unit calling itself Nick Holland wrote:
> kyle wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > Im running into a (silly) problem where I am seem not to be writing the boot
> > install images properly to a compact flash card. Ive been trying
> > cdrom38.fsand
> > floppy38.fs. I write the image under linux to the compact flash(seen as hde
> > device) as so:
> > 
> > cat floppy38.fs > /dev/hde
> > 
> > or:
> > 
> > dd if=floppy38.fs of=/dev/hde bs=512
> > 
> > But, whenever I boot off of the compactflash I get the:
> > 
> > "ERR R" error when it tries to load.
> yep.
> > I read up that that message is due to disk geometry not seen properly by the
> > BIOS..But, not sure how to work around it.
> uh..you are trying to treat a floppy disk image like a hard disk.  Bad
> plan. :)
> > If I boot a linux boot image on the flash, it works w/o issue(example
> > bootnet.img from older redhat distros).
> "this isn't Linux" :)
> "bootnet.img" doesn't sound like a floppy image, anyway.  (ok, a bit of
> googling seems to indicate that it is.)
> > Now, this is pretty much my only install option(via compactflash). PXE
> > timesout(the arp timeout issue, on older intel eepro), and I dont have any
> > ide ports(this machine is a nokia ip650 and no onboard eide, it's all
> > compactpci). It does have a floppy controller, but I of course dont have the
> > correct floppy drive for it..heh. So, compactflash is my only option(or, if
> > someone can recommend a way to bootstrap via a linux install on the box).
> There are several things you could do.  Dumping a floppy image to a
> hard-disk-like device is not one of them.
> 1: Get a CF -> IDE adapter, plug it into another computer, install
> OpenBSD on that system to the flash device, move to the ip650.  Reconfigure.
> 2: mount the CF on another OpenBSD machine (anyway you can -- IDE->CF
> adapter, USB adapter, PCMCIA adapter, whatever).  fdisk the CF, do a
> "reinit" from within fdisk to make sure it has a valid MBR.  Disklabel
> it, create a small "a" partition.  newfs the "a" partition, copy over
> bsd.rd and boot to the "a" partition (maybe rename bsd.rd to bsd at this
> point).  Do an installboot.  Move CF to target machine, if you did
> everything right, it should boot, if you didn't rename "bsd.rd" to
> "bsd", you will need to manually do a "boot bsd.rd" when the boot>
> prompt comes up, install.  For extra credit, do this from the boot
> media, without actually having OpenBSD installed on the machine you are
> doing the config on -- should be possible.
> I'd suggest option #1, esp. if you needed more advice than "create a
> bootable disk on another machine", or wish I had provided more detail.
> However, you would need a IDE to CF adapter, and they aren't the easiest
> thing to buy at the corner electronics store, and you may be miffed by
> the lack of utility after this one use.
> Option #2 is only for those willing to re-try things a few times until
> they get it right -- I doubt I'd do all the steps right the first
> time...but then, there is a reason I'm not into sky-diving. :)
> > Anyway, can someone give me a pointer on what I am doing incorrectly? I
> > definitely would love to get openbsd on these boxes and not linux(I have a
> > couple w/ linux on them already, but I only installed linux on them since
> > Ive been running into this problem w/ openbsd).
> It is certainly doable.  I've installed OpenBSD to a number of machines
> without floppy or CDROMs  It does take a little help from another
> machine, however.
> Nick.

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