AW: [Oberon] Help! Boot hangs with "OBE"

Duke Normandin dukeofperl at
Fri Aug 6 16:52:06 MEST 2010

On Fri, 6 Aug 2010, Stauber  Sven Philipp wrote:

Hello Sven ...

I'm going to start calling you "Obe1", or "OberonMan1" or
something. You are _everywhere_ that relates to ETH "systems" :D

> Here some information about the Oberon Boot Loader (OBL) output:
> O The partition boot record is loaded and its execution started
> OB The partition boot record is relocated in memory
> OBE The rest of bootstrap loader (from sector with LBA 1 to 3) is loaded
> OBER The signature (AA55H as first two bytes in the second sector)
> was valid, the boot loader was authentified
> OBERON Config tableis not empty
> OBERON loading... The boot table, containing configuration strings,
> was read correctly. Execution of machine code located in the second
> sector began. The kernel is being read. All is well, the desktop
> should appear soon

I'll keep this for future reference. The above tells me what _has been
done_, but it doesn't tell me what to do if it hangs at any particular
point. Is there docs for _that_?

> This look very much like something with the installation of the boot
> loader (first 4 sectors on Oberon partition) went wrong.  The boot
> loader is normally installed when you format a Oberon volume (it can
> be installed later using the NO command Partitions.UpdateBootLoader).

What is this NO command? Do you mean to answer "no" to a prompt given
by Partitions.UpdateBootLoader?

So... To fix my problem I would:

1. boot from "Live Diskette" ;)
2. load the install script
3. select the correct partition
4. issue the command _Partitions.UpdateBootLoader_

> When installing NO using the installation script, be sure to keep an
> eye on the output displayed in System.Log. May be the
> Partitions.Format command complained...


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