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Date:      Fri, 29 Jun 2001 16:53:51 -0400
From:      "Jason Litz" <jlitz@mindspring.com>
To:        <questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   boot problem after new installation
Message-ID:  <000001c100dd$9cd4d1d0$0100a8c0@jasonlitz>

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Hi,
	I'm new to BSD and I am afraid my ignorance is my number one problem.
However, my BSD problem goes like this.

I just installed for the first time FreeBSD ver 3.4 on a brand new machine
sharing Win2000.
My machine has the following -
MSI K7T Turbo-r Motherboard with AMD 1.2GHZ chip and 512m ram
Seagate Barracuda ATA III 40G hard drive set up LBA with the BIOS saying it
has 4865cyl - 255h - 63s
Pioneer 16x DVD drive
Video card out of a one yr old Gateway machine - don't know the make and
model, find out if necessary
floppy

I already had to Windows partitions defined.  I installed according to the
installation instructions in "The Complete FreeBSD by Greg Lehey" 3rd
edition.

The install seemed to go fine.  The only error I encountered was -
				"Unable to transfer the PC98 - Servers/x9TGU distribution from Acd0c"

I did select to have the Boot manager installed.

On the first reboot after install the boot manager appeared as -
F1: ??
F2: ??
F3: FreeBSD

Default F3

This is where it hangs.
I can reboot and press F1 to go into Windows but no matter if I leave the
default at F3 or press F3 it never boots BSD and the hard drive light does
not come on.

I have verified that the hd geometry, during install, is the same as in the
bios.  I tried to boot from a floppy and specify
boot: hd()kernel  as specified in the above book on page 101 but I never see
the boot: prompt and I've hit keys in several places during the boot off
floppy but nothing.  It just carries me on into the install procedures.

I have not been successful looking in the online doc or the web site.  This
is surely due to my ignorance of BSD.
I would highly appreciate any help and would be glad to supply any other
info I can that may help.
Thanks,
Jason Litz
jlitz@mindspring.com





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