Booting from DOC2000 with GRUB loader

Russ Dill Russ.Dill at
Thu May 2 05:32:26 EDT 2002

On Thu, 2002-05-02 at 00:47, John Sutton wrote:
> Hi again
> Many thanks for all that feedback!  Definitely a positive consensus
> about the units for start_offset ;-)
> Jasmine suggests that I should leave some extra after the end of grub for
> future expansion, which seems a good idea, but raises in my mind the
> question as to how grub (or anything else) knows where the nftl partition
> starts?  Does nftl_format also write a pointer to the start block
> somewhere else?  Or does the format contain some kind of signature?

just sure to erase any unused sectors.

nftl looks for a media header signiture

> Re the suggestions as to how to recover from an unbootable system!  To
> an old fool like me, the idea of pushing a chip into a live board makes my
> hair curl!  Anyways, I hope it doesn't come to that as it would in my case
> be extremely difficult, if not impossible - I'm using an SBC plugged into
> a passive backplane and the DoC socket is right at the bottom next to the
> edge connector ;-(

maybe something in bios could help (shadow regions, etc)

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