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Date:      Mon, 21 Oct 1996 18:40:11 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Doug White <dwhite@gdi.uoregon.edu>
To:        Philip Smith <pmsmith@hooked.net>
Cc:        questions@FreeBSD.org
Subject:   Re: 3 EIDE Hd's and a 6x-TEAC CD-ROM
Message-ID:  <Pine.BSI.3.94.961021183821.4798B-100000@gdi.uoregon.edu>
In-Reply-To: <326BE4B2.37DF@hooked.net>

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On Mon, 21 Oct 1996, Philip Smith wrote:

> I have installed FreeBSD, to my knowledge, correctly, on my computer. 
> It can't boot up however because of a cannot mount root problem.  I have
> gone through many of the messages under this criteria to see if they
> could help me, but to no avail so far.  I'm wondering if it might be
> because I have 3 IDE Hd's instead of the usual 2...

Hm.  :-/  Most BIOSs can only boot the first two disks they find.  I don't
know if BootEasy or the FreeBSD boot blocks are smart enough to bridge for
the third disk.  You might try a more complex boot manager such as OS-BS,
or try the fbsdboot.exe program to boot FreeBSD from DOS.

> and here's the thing, if i type
> wd(2,a)/kernel
> it starts the boot sequence up just fine until it gets to that 
> panic: cannot mount root
> error message

Once you get the kernel recompiled this should go away.  You could move
your FreeBSD disk onto the primary controller until you get the kernel
rebuilt.  (there is a 'kernel' line in the config file that lets you set
the location of the kernel)

Doug White                              | University of Oregon  
Internet:  dwhite@resnet.uoregon.edu    | Residence Networking Assistant
http://gladstone.uoregon.edu/~dwhite    | Computer Science Major




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