OK, well I have had another go at installation.
I created a FAT32 logiical partition on my main hard disk (35 Gb out of 160 Gb, the remaining amount is allocated to my NTFS Windows C:\ partition).
I rebooted with the QNX CD in my first CD drive and pressed the spacebar as soon as I saw the “Checking EIDE controllers” message.
I made the following choices:
I forced a partition installation, I chose the only hard disk that QNX discovered (the main one mentioned above) as QNX did not discover the other two 40Gb drives I have on a SiL 0680 SCSI RAID card. These are configured as separate drives, no RAID being implemented.
Although QNX found my Windows partition and the FAT32 partition I had prepared, (plus three empty ones that I do not have!), it said that it could not install QNX on any of them.
I chose to delete a partition to make room for QNX (the FAT32 partition), which the installer let me do, I chose the biggest size offered (I think 14Mb or 14Gb, I did not look that hard), then specified the source as CD drive 0, my first CD drive where the QNX disk was located.
I then got the following…
Restarting driver and mounting filesystems
Executing devb-eide blk auto=partition eide nobmstr fullscan
Path=0 - Intel 82801BA
target=0 lun=0 Direct-Access(0) - HDS722516VLA20 Rev:3VO4
Path=1 - Intel 82801BA
target=0 lun=0 CD ROM(5) - AOPEN 16xDVD-ROM/AMH Rev:R13
target=1 lun=0 CD ROM(5) - AOPEN CD-RW CRW2440 Rev:1.00
Unable to mount /cd//boot/fs/qnxbase.qfs as /qnxbase
Partition installation aborted!
Please remove the install floppy and CD, then reboot your machine.
Should I have created the FAT32 partition as a PRIMARY rather than a logical one?
I still can’t understand why I got as far as a graphical screen part of the install on the first installation, and have never gotten there again since…