Peter Wemm wrote:
> > So, given that the install from a CDROM boots from a floppy
> > image that's faked up by the CDROM drive BIOS, and the image
> > doesn't include the full boot loader, how exactly is it that
> > the partial boot loader code acts like the full bootloader
> > code for accessing the CDROM to load the modules necessary
> > to access the CDROM?
> Not true anymore.  release/i386/
>         bootable="-b boot/cdboot -no-emul-boot"
> -r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  1136 Jul  5 02:20 /boot/cdboot*
> I believe we still use the old way on RELENG_4, but the support all got
> MFC'ed.  Several release candidates used cdboot for better testing exposure.

Doesn't this require newer hardware/BIOS/firmware than most
equipment has these days?

I'm pretty sure that my ASUS box with a Toshiba 3401B won't
boot from one of these, except on my really old AHA1742,
which can't tell it's not just another hard drive...

Is this going to be the default for distribution, or is the
"fake floppy" boot CDROM still going to be "disc #1"?

-- Terry

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