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Date:      Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:01:33 -0700 (PDT)
From:      "John H. Nyhuis" <>
Subject:   Q: FreeBSD 7.1 stable boot failure
Message-ID:  <>

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 	I just re-installed an old file server from stable 6.1 to 7.1 stable, 
and I'm having a problem with my 3ware 7000-2 card.

 	After sysinstall completes, and I try to boot from the SCSI HDD (not 
connected to the 3ware) for the first time, the system hangs immediatly after 
the POST completes.  The keyboard goes dead (numlock and caps lock stop 
working) and it never starts to load.  I can't get the system to a point where 
I can get an error to work with.

 	When I remove the 3ware card, the system boot fine.  FreeBSD is 
installed on my system's internal SCSI drives (the 3ware card manages data 
disks, not OS disks).

 	I've checked the media md5, and the media checks out OK.  I've tried 
manually setting the boot partition to the root partition on the SCSI drives. 
This problem is 100% repeatable on my system using 7.1 stable (and I did not 
experiance this with 6.1 stable).  I've reinstalled several times with 
different options trying to get around this problem.

 	The system is a Dell poweredge 2200 (dual PIII 333Mhz procs) SCSI 
drives (set to 4 and 5, controller set to 7), 128MB memory, and a 3ware 7000-2 
card which should be supported by the twe0 driver.  The drives connected to the 
3ware card are 200GB maxtor drives.

Google mentions rebuilding your RAID array (having to wipe and rebuild the 
filesystem every time I patch is not really a long-term viable option), which I 
did, and this did not change the hang.

 	Would someone point me in the correct direction for resolving this?


John H. Nyhuis
IT Manager
Dept. of Pediatrics
HS RR541C, Box 356320
University of Washington
Desk: (206)-685-3884
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