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Date:      Fri, 22 Jan 2010 19:34:48 -0700
From:      Tim Judd <tajudd@gmail.com>
To:        John <john@starfire.mn.org>
Cc:        freebsd-questions <questions@freebsd.org>, Fbsd1 <fbsd1@a1poweruser.com>
Subject:   Re: "Invalid partition table" after installation (GOOD NEWS!)
Message-ID:  <ade45ae91001221834p7f9bab93r7ad8ade143cc7cd@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <20100122110102.A31702@starfire.mn.org>
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<SNIP>


> OK - my current best theory is that if the Standard boot manager
> is faced with anything other than exactly 1 bootable slice (partition
> to it), it defaults to "Invalid partition table."  I'll bet anyone
> lunch that this is true.  Any takers?


I've read before:
  the standard bootloader looks for the first freebsd slice, and runs
it.  If there's no bsdlabel partition 'a' then it will have trouble
booting.

I haven't followed this thread in detail.

I briefly saw you had 3 slices defined, is by chance the first slice a
<non>system disk?








> I'll test my theory tonight and let you all know how it turns out.
> If this is true, then we should at least post some warnings, if not
> actually fix the installation process so that if you choose "Standard,"
> it helps ensure that you have one and only one bootable slice/partition!
>
> Whaddaya think?
>
> Well, better it happen to me than someone from another community who is
> trying us out for the first time...
> --
>
> John Lind
> john@starfire.MN.ORG
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