Installing DragonFly

Colin Adams colinpauladams at
Fri Apr 17 12:08:13 PDT 2009

I was able to install DragonFly on the disk all-right, but  the
machine still won't boot if the drive is powered-on at boot time.

I'll have to try the linux live-cd fdisk :-(

2009/4/17 Colin Adams <colinpauladams at>:
> Now I'm back home, i've tried out everyone's suggestions.
> Bill's idea to remove the hard-disk from the boot-sequence made no
> difference (I'm surprised - I thought that was just something obvious
> that I had forgotten in my approaching senility).
> The suggestion to only plug the hard-disk in after booting from the CD
> works - and in fact I didn't bother to boot a linux live-CD - I just
> went ahead (after deleteting the ttysv1 entry) and let the DragonFly
> DVD format the hard disk - it seems to be working so far (it is
> currently installing files).
> 2009/4/15 Simon 'corecode' Schubert <corecode at>:
>> I bet this is the "set all bits to one on CHS overflow" thing in fdisk.  I'd
>> really like to know how we are supposed to handle this (better).
>> Colin, sorry for trashing your computer.  I think we are well aware of this
>> issue, but we simply don't know exactly how to deal with it.  Could you
>> maybe use window's fdisk to create a large partition on the drive and then
>> report back how the partition table looks like?  In this case we could
>> adjust our fdisk so that this won't happen again.
>> thanks
>>  simon
>> Colin Adams wrote:
>>> What appears to have happened is that in some way it has trashed my
>>> disk-drive - I can still get the machine to boot from the live CD, but
>>> only if I physically disconnect the hard-disk first.
>>> 2009/4/8 Hasso Tepper <hasso at>:
>>>> Colin Adams wrote:
>>>>> Well, if that is the case the ISO should not be available for download
>>>>> - there should be a fixed version.
>>>> Well. It shouldn't be any way fatal, but in general I agree - we should
>>>> release 2.2.1 ASAP, really.
>>>> --
>>>> Hasso Tepper

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