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Date:      Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:28:09 +0700
From:      Erich Dollansky <erichfreebsdlist@ovitrap.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Help with Booting
Message-ID:  <201104231128.09953.erichfreebsdlist@ovitrap.com>
In-Reply-To: <C249647E-1186-4AC2-8028-2C09326F77F0@lafn.org>
References:  <C249647E-1186-4AC2-8028-2C09326F77F0@lafn.org>

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Hi,

does the loader start?

It looks to me that not even the loader loads. Is this true?

Erich

On Saturday 23 April 2011 05:38:41 Doug Hardie wrote:
> I have an AMD based system that is driving me nuts.  I am trying to install 8.2 on it but can't get past the first boot.  I had a system up and running on it before, but I had to remove a drive and do the install on another computer.  That worked, but now I need to use the built in RAID hardware.  As best as I can tell I am going to have to install on the the actual hardware.  Motherboard is an Arima NM46X.  The machine appears to be about 6 years old.
> 
> I have tried to boot the install disk, the live filesystem disk, and the memstick image for FreeBSD 7.0 through 8.2.  All of them do exactly the same thing:
> 
> Bootstart starts.
> 
> BTX loader lists the drives and memory
> 
> FreeBSD bootstrap loader version 1.1 starts.  I get the build date and then a new line with just a '/' on it.  It never begins to spin.  No additional I/O occurs with the boot device.
> 
> The memstick and CDs are good.  They boot just fine on another computer, just not this one.  I have had to work around CD issues in the past, but I thought the memstick would work if the BIOS would recognize it and boot from it.  It recognizes it and tries to boot.  I need some ideas here as the RAID is essential for this application.  Thanks,
> 
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