Installation on Yet Another Netbook
dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Sat Jan 17 22:42:38 PST 2009
:I have no clue what exactly packet mode is (boot loaders are all ugly
:legacy stuff), but it it works on more machines than without packet
:mode, I'd argue to turn it on in the img target by default and have an
:option to generate a non-packet-mode image.
Packet mode is a BIOS extension for read and writing sectors on the
disk that allows you to pass a logical sector number instead of a
Unfortunately, numerous BIOSes implement packet mode by translating
the logical sector number back to CHS, then translating the CHS
back to a logical sector number, which can cause a mess. So packet
mode isn't always the best solution even when the BIOS supports it.
Blame the BIOS writers.
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