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Date:      Fri, 22 Apr 2011 22:57:32 -0700
From:      Doug Hardie <>
To:        Erich Dollansky <>
Subject:   Re: Help with Booting
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On 22 April 2011, at 21:28, Erich Dollansky wrote:

> Hi,
> does the loader start?
> It looks to me that not even the loader loads. Is this true?
> Erich

I am not sure.  The last message is the timestamp from the original =
distribution build.  Then is a line with just the '/' character that =
should spin a bit.  It doesn't. =20

By playing around a bit I got it a bit farther.  I took one of the raid =
disks and mounted it in a different system.  I did an install on it but =
without changing the label other than to use all the disk.  Then I put =
it back in the production system and booted.  It appears to retain the =
RAID characteristics, but all I get is a '-' at the top left of the =
screen.  I then plugged in the memstick image and booted from that.  =
Right after the last DOS window I pressed F10 which took me to a FreeBSD =
boot  line with the default pointing to ad0.  I used =
0:ad(4,a)/boot/loader and it went on to the same point as before, but =
then a bit farther.  I now see:

Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf
/boot/kernel/kernel text=3D0x8ffac1 |

The '|' normally spins a couple of times and moves on to the next =
section.  However, its hung there now.

> 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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