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Date:      Fri, 22 Dec 2006 14:50:46 -0700
From:      "Steve Franks" <>
To:        "FreeBSD Users Questions" <>
Subject:   freebsd on i386-type internet appliance and cf card
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So, I've installed freebsd on a compact flash card sucessfully in my laptop
(or so it looks - sysinstall completes to /dev/ad4, copies everything, no
errors, etc) with the regular harddisk removed (for safety, of course).

Only it won't boot on the internet appliance when I stick the CF in there
(that's it's only supported boot device).  I get the F1 - Freebsd bootloader
prompt, then nothing more.  I let it sit for a good 10 min, just to be sure.

It's a i386 compatible processor, and people have sucessfully run at least 3
flavors of linux on it, as well as win98 from what I can glean on the net.

If I restart sysinstall, I can see the partition was written, but I can't
mount it from a running bsd machine - "incorrect superblock", which I think
has to do with the following (aka. all or dd partitions):

I tried 'all three' modes of partition - "create", "all", and "DD".  Each
time sysinstall completes, each time F1 - freebsd, but nothing more.

Used 'auto' on the label editor - the defaults seemed reasonable...



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