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Date:      Wed, 2 Jul 1997 11:00:35 -0400
From:      Gerald Ranada <granada@alphanetcorp.com>
To:        andreas@gtn.com, questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Boot problems
Message-ID:  <97Jul2.105652edt.31361@webalphanet.alphanetcorp.com>

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Ok, going from the beginning....

I have an NEC 8x SCSI II CDROM with a Seagate Barracuda 32171W 2Gig HD.
My motherboard is a Supermicro STE with the Triton II chipset and I have
64 Megs 60ns megs of Parity RAM.  I set the motherboard BIOS settings to
"failsafe" mode.  I inserted the 2.2.2-RELEASE BSD CDROM into the CDROM
and my Adaptec 2940UW controller recognizes it to be a bootable CD.  The
SCSI ID of the barracuda is 0 and the CDROM is 4.  The Adaptec BIOS
settings are at the defaults.  The system boots off of the CDROM and
then prompts me for kernel settings.  I also have an SMC 8013 ethernet
card.

At the kernel settings screen, I only specified the hardware installed
on my computer.  Also, I verified the IRQ and DMA settings and I am sure
that there are no conflicts.  When it comes up to the installation
screen after successfully detecting the CDROM and the hardware, I went
to the custom section.  At the partition subsection, I selected to
reserve the entire HD with no OS compatibility for BSD.  The
installation type selected is kernel src only with base programs.

The installation goes through fine without any errors.  I reboot and
take the CDROM out of the drive.  The "boot: " prompt comes up and I let
it time out to the default kernel.  Then the "text: 0x2938" whatever
comes up with a spinning cursor and after after 2 seconds the HD light
stays on the computer crashes with the spinning cursor stopped.  In
about 1 out of 15 tries, I might get a successfull boot so it seems that
at least the installation went through ok.  I think it may have to do
with the HD geometry but I could be wrong.





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