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3 Jun 2006
A few days ago I had a new SL-C3200 delivered and tried my first openbsd installation on it. I should have probably practiced on an i386 box or something first, because when it came to the disk partitioning steps I got confused and ended up doing something nasty to it. sad.gif

I can't really remember what I did, but basically I think I wiped out some crucial linux partition(s) leaving only what I think was an OpenBSD / and swap partitions. Knowing I'd probably messed up, I figured I'd try to continue with the install - I was hoping to retrieve the binaries using the Planex GW-CF11X 802.11b card which I bought with the Zaurus, but the installer didn't seem to know about it, so I aborted the install, thinking I'd be able to start it all over again.

But now when I boot up, following the white "SHARP" screen, I get

CODE
probing: cn0 com0 com1 com2
disk: hd0*
>> OpenBSD/zaurus BOOT 2.08
boot>
booting hd0a:/bsd: open hd0a:/bsd: No such file or directory
failed(2). will try /obsd
boot>
booting hd0a:/bsd: open hd0a:/bsd: No such file or directory
failed(2). will try /obsd

...

This goes on for a while and eventually stops with
CODE
Turning timeout off.
boot>


If I then type "reboot", I get

CODE
Rebooting...
mount: Mounting /dev/hda1 on /hdd1 failed: Invalid argument
HDD1 Error!!


So I've discovered the reliance on linux the hard way dry.gif

Can anyone point me to instructions on how to get things back to a point where I can try installing OpenBSD again?

I've seen many references to a page which is said to have recovery instructions for SL-C3000 but the site doesn't seem to be working, and I cant find copies of it in archive.org or google's cache.

I'd be grateful for any help with this.

Cheers smile.gif
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