> I'm attempting to install OpenServer 5.0.0. on a 200mhz Pentium 32mb Ram
> 4.2GB Hard disk.
> Both the Cdrom and Hard disk are EIDE and I used (after lots of failed
> attempts) the following boostring :
> biosgeom restart ahslink=wd disable=dptr
> incorporating oss451b
> The hard disk already contains 3GB of Windows95 which i wish to preserve
> and am therefore using the interactive
> fdisk/divvy setup.
> I have managed to get to setting a unix partition and activating it,
> however when the program leaves fdisk it returns
> the message :
> Can't read bad track table
> I cant' seem to get past this stage as the installation program only
> provides me with fdisk again. I can if necessary wipe the whole disk, but I
> dont' want to, I would like to preserve what I already have, any ideas
At the moment when you get that message, give the response that causes
the installation to abort. Then reboot and immediately install again;
this time it will work.
This is a bug in the OpenServer 5.0.0 installation procedure: it fails
if the currently active partition on the disk is a DOS partition. The
failed install creates and activates a Unix partition, so an immediate
second attempt succeeds. It will not succeed if you first use the
system under DOS (i.e. boot DOS floppy, run fdisk, make DOS partition
active -- now you have re-created the problem scenario).
BTW, the current shipping release of OpenServer is 5.0.4. Its IDE
handling is *significantly* improved. Among the differences you would
have seen are: no wd BTLD needed; "disable=dptr" not needed; install
program refers to IDE drives as IDE rather than SCSI, and "master",
"slave", "primary", "secondary" instead of fake SCSI IDs and adapter
numbers; and the active-DOS-partition bug is fixed.