The following reply was made to PR install/25945; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: "Martin S. Weber" <Ephaeton@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: install/25945: "Invalid partition table" on Dells (also #13310)
Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2006 10:06:26 +0200
this PR can be closed.
The problem came from sysinst creating a partition at the end of the
partition table (i.e. slot 3) instead of the beginning (slot 0) if
use whole disk was given and there were existing non-netbsd partitions
on the disk. I think what is documented until now in 13310 and in this
pr's followups is sufficient.
Dell doesn't like that.
Nowadays sysinst (this PR is from 1.6)doesn't do this anylonger.
I'm no expert but by code inspection of distrib/utils/sysinst/mbr.c
ISTM that it will use slot 0 no matter the previous contents of
the partition table, and thus dells will again happily boot with that.
I don't have a dell at hand to *confirm* it fixed, but I suppose the
above points out it can be closed.