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Date:      Thu, 15 Jan 2009 14:10:25 -0500
From:      Michael Powell <>
Subject:   Re: Help needed w/ HighPoint RocketRAID 3120 on FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE
Message-ID:  <gko1lj$kjg$>
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Jeremy Gagliardi wrote:

> I'm having trouble with HighPoint RocketRAID 3120 on FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE.
> I have 2 disks on it in a mirror configuration.  Everything seems to go
> swimmingly through the FreeBSD installation, up until the final reboot...
> 1) Boot from Disc 1.
> 2) At the "Welcome to FreeBSD" screen, choose option "6"
> ok load hptiop
> ok boot
> 3) It recognizes my mirror as device "da0" and I proceed with the
> installation.
> 4) I install all distros, except & Ports.
> 5) At the tail end, before rebooting, I enter a shell and vi
> /boot/loader.conf.  I add the line:
> hptiop_load="YES"
> 6) REBOOT.
> The following happens...
> a) RocketRAID card beeps
> b) I see the BIOS splash screen
> c) I see RocketRAID splash screen
> d) It resets and repeats everything above.
> I never even get a boot loader menu to try troubleshooting.
> What did I miss?  Why can't this thing boot?  Unfortunately, HighPoint's
> User Manual was last updated in 2007, when FreeBSD 6.1 was the latest.
> Since then, the hptiop driver was added to 7.x, and that's what I'm trying
> to use.  To be clear, the problem isn't that I can get FreeBSD to mount
> and recognize it, I can.  The problem is being able to boot from it.

In your motherboard BIOS is there any entry that controls which controller
boots first? If so set it to boot from the add-in card first instead of the
onboard controller. Also ensure that in the Highpoint card BIOS INT 13 is 
"on", should be this way by default.


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