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post Jun 25 2007, 12:25 PM
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Hello to all,

I am gathering everything to install OpenBSD in my Sl-C3200; but I need to admit that the more I read the more I get confused.
I hope some of you will find the time and patience to help me.

After reading as many post as I have been able to follow (jpmatrix, mathemajikian, zdevil and others - this are the names I remember rolleyes.gif ), I have done the following.

.-Have www.planetofidiots.com/zaurus guide.
.-Electronic copy of Absolute OpenBSD.
.-A plethora of links.
.-Plenty of questions...
.-TRISOFT recovery files

1) I have currently installed / running cacko 1.23 full, what will be the procedure to dual boot with cacko?
I found a guide from mathemajikian to actually accomplish the opposite.

2) What is the difference of installing OpenBSD regularly and 4.1 snapshot?
About this I did print both guide in how to installed OpenBSD and OpenBSD snapshot and they are practically the same.

3) If the prefer method is via the snapshot, please help me to find / guide in the installation procedure.

4) I have a good network connections at a time right now, can the full installation be done using either a CF card or USB thumb drive?

P.S. I am aware that all the questions are very basic, but I am willing to try biggrin.gif!
I will be reading my Absolute OpenBSD book in the mean time.

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post Jul 10 2007, 04:33 PM
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I am now dualbooting my OBSD / Cacko C3200 right now, using the standard Sharp --> OBSD --> Cacko procedure in

However, (I have not tried it myself) I think by installing Cacko first, you can do the following steps to make your Z dual boot with OBSD:

1. In Cacko, use the
# insmod zbsdmod.o
# cp bsd.rd /proc/zboot
method to boot into the OBSD installer

2. Using the OBSD installer, re-partition your microdrive. DO NOT touch the first two linux partitions, reduce the size of the Win95 partition and make a new OBSD partition, as follows:

0: 83 0 3 13 - 1511 7 17 [ 63: 205569 ] Linux files*
1: 83 1512 0 1 - 7559 7 17 [ 205632: 822528 ] Linux files*
2: 0C 7560 0 1 - 9065 7 1 [ 1028160: 204800 ] Win95 FAT32L
3: A6 9065 7 2 - 67885 5 3 [ 1232960: 7999488 ] OpenBSD

At this point you will not be able to boot into Cacko until you follow Step 2 and Step 3 of the dualbooting guide.

3. Continue installation of OBSD, follow the standard procedure but be sure use a CF card instead of a SD card. SD card reading under OBSD is still buggy and it took me some time to figure it out.

4. Make sure you can boot to OBSD by hitting enter when the boot selection prompt comes up.

5. Follow Step 2 and Step 3 of the dualbooting guide, you do not need to install Cacko again with Step 1. If boot to Cacko fails (very unlikely to be the case) you can always install Cacko again.

Please note also that your socket CF card will not be usable in OBSD. So you may have to buy an Ambicom / Asus or any other that are in the INSTALL.Zaurus list in OBSD ftp
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post Jul 11 2007, 07:16 AM
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Thank you for the replay, I am still studying my OpenBSD and put off the change while traveling. My Zaurus is my primary / every day machine, I use the company machine as a hi tech screw driver, is not mine it can be taken away at any time....

But as soon as I get back I will first back everything up and proceed with the supplied procedure.

I need to recognize I felt a little intimidated while reading Absulute OpenBSD about how much knowledge you are suppose to show for someone to consider answering a BSD question, but finally I concluded that I will not let a small thing like that stearing me away from trying.

Thank you again. I will post results as soon as possible.

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