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Date:      Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:07:45 -0800
From:      patrick <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions Mailing List <>
Subject:   FreeBSD 7.1 Install -- acd0: TIMEOUT - READ_BIG retrying (1 retry  left)
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(Sorry for the repost, but in retrospect, I thought a subject
detailing the actual problem would garner more responses.)

Hi, I just got a new Dell Inspiron 530s, and am having some trouble
getting FreeBSD 7.1 installed on it. When I boot up from the CD, after
it detects all of the disks, I start getting messages like:

acd0: TIMEOUT - READ_BIG retrying (1 retry left)

and so on.

Google results suggested that I disable ACPI from the boot menu. This
works insofar as I get to the installation menu; however, when I go to
partition the disk, it says that no disks were found. Is there a way I
can disable ACPI, but set some boot-time variables to help the system
find the disk controller?

I'm in the process of creating a LiveCD to see if acpidump might help
isolate just what the problem is, but if anyone has some advice in the
meantime, I'd greatly appreciate it.

... time passes ...

Booting in safe-mode doesn't have the TIMEOUT - READ_BIG messages, but
instead I get an interrupt storm detected. The LiveCD didn't work
because when I boot with ACPI disabled, no disks are detected which
means that I cannot mount the LiveCD. :(

Has anyone found a way to work around this sort of issue before?



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