Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jul 2004 08:45 UTC
Editorial This article describes some of my annoyances in computing. If you had any problems reading this article, then skip this one. It will only be a waste of your time. There are a lot of annoying things in the wonderful world of computing. Of course, nothing is perfect, but that doesn't mean we are not allowed to complain and scream and throw our keyboards at our monitors when yet another irritation pops up.
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RE: bootloaders
by Charles Childers on Mon 12th Jul 2004 18:34 UTC

"I believe on i386 a bootloader mustn't be larger than 512K - the size of the first sector. You can't quite do something exactly marvellous in 512K of space."

A sector is 512 bytes, not 512 kilobytes, which is why most boot loaders are written as two (or sometimes three) stages. If you use the first track of the hard drive (15 MB in my computer), you have enough room for a small operating system, or at least a nice boot loader.