I have an old NEC computer, specs are PI - 75MHz, 64MB RAM, 1.2 GB HDD,
(2) Linksys 100TX NIC cards.
The system doesn't support CD-ROM boot, so I took out the hard drive and
used the physdiskwrite.exe program on another computer to write the
image to the drive. Everything writes fine, I can even examine the disk
afterwards and see that it has created the partition properly. When I
take the drive and install it back in the machine, the system gets a
"read error" while trying to boot the drive. I took a look at the drive
in a raw mode and noticed nothing in place to bootstrap the OS? Is the
generic-pc-1.21 image missing all the bootstrap information? I know the
drive is good, I can install Windows 98, Windows NT, even FreeBSD 4.11
and they all work fine. What am I missing? Is there something more that
needs to be done after you load the image to make the hard drive
bootable on the PC?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.