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Date:      Sat, 8 Oct 2011 18:51:41 -0700
From:      Colin Barnabas <axel@ucs.com>
To:        Michael Starr <masmidow@gmail.com>, FreeBSD Questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: New FreeBSD User | HP Doesn't Boot
Message-ID:  <20111009015141.GA60380@hs1.VERBENA>
In-Reply-To: <CAEZdUGiV_aXM67S4Yfw-i5tPZcwCWOiKPSFCPBOLkCfWjMmjeQ@mail.gmail.com>
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Are you able to boot from the usb you used to install? If yes,
then my first instinct would be to scrub the disk and
start over. Hopefully what ever is going on is just a freak anomaly.

If you can boot the from the usb stick, go to the fixit shell and
run

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=1k

That will fill the disk with zeros, erasing _everything_. 

On Sat, Oct 08, 2011 at 04:56:29PM -0700, Michael Starr wrote:
> Thanks for the prompt response. The screen only shows the HP startup screen with the "Press the Esc Key for Startup Menu" at the bottom. When I press it, it doesn't do anything. Researching this a little more, it looks more like a partitioning issue. However, I used the automatic settings to configure the partitions on my hard drive. What could this mean?
> 
> On Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 4:52 PM, Colin Barnabas <axel@ucs.com<mailto:axel@ucs.com>> wrote:
> The chances that you have inadvertently altered your BIOS are
> quite slim. What does the machine display when you try to
> boot?
> 
> On Sat, Oct 08, 2011 at 04:11:31PM -0700, Michael Starr wrote:
> > Hello Everyone,
> >
> >    I am a brand new FreeBSD user with minimal Unix knowledge. I have
> > "successfully" installed FreeBSD on a computer dedicated to the operating
> > system. However, after rebooting, the machine can't boot, nor get into BIOS.
> > I installed the system from a bootable USB stick. I would try another fresh
> > install, but currently I can't do anything. Could someone please direct me
> > to a solution? I hope I did not irrevocably alter my BIOS. Any help would be
> > deeply appreciated. Thank you.
> >
> > Computer: HP dvr6 2150us (laptop)
> >
> > --
> > Michael Starr
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> 
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> Michael Starr
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