The problem focus (at least for me) has shifted, so I am starting a
new thread. Basically, my problem still is that I cannot install ver
2.6 - the suspected reason is that my cd-rom drive is incommunicado
with the software on my OpenBSD 2.6 cd.
I am trying to boot from diskette. The # 1 cd of the 2.6 set is in the
cd-rom drive. The boot process halts with the following message:
"wdc_atapi_intr_drq: Unexpectedly in the command phase. Please report
followed by bunches of:
"wdc_atapi_start: not ready, st=58"
My understanding of the state of things from the earlier thread is
this: Ver 2.6 as released on cd did not talk to some cd-rom drives.
Patches released subsequent to the 2.6 release improve this situation.
But... the patches have to be compiled, and an updated version of
floppy26.fs must be created to allow me to boot from floppy. Some
other alternatives that involved downloading tarballs, installing from
network, etc were mentioned, but I don't believe these will not work
in my case because there is no OS on the hard drive currently.
I read more on the OpenBSD website today, and learned that "snapshots"
are available that are (I think) updated binaries that include the
post-2.6 release fixes that I need. Whoopeee!
My joy was short-lived however when I downloaded the floppy26.fs file,
and learned it was too large to fit on the 1.44 MB floppy. I tried a
different floppy, and a different mirror with the same results.
Can anyone offer any suggestions for what to try next?