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Date:      Thu, 21 Jan 2010 01:47:59 -0600
From:      John <john@starfire.mn.org>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   "Invalid partition table" after installation
Message-ID:  <20100121014759.B3377@starfire.mn.org>

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I've tried the "modern BIOS" geometry and the "255 head" geometry.
I've ensured that the first slice (boot slice) is smaller than 1.5
Gb.  I've tried to figure out what the BIOS thinks the geometry
is, but it doesn't seem to want to tell me.  At least, I can't find
it in the BIOS menu anywhere.  When I boot from the CD-ROM with
the 255 head geometry, though, it complains about the disk geometry,
saying 16h,63s != 255h,63s or something like that - it flies by
pretty fast (is there a way to go back and see that from the CD-ROM
"boot only" boot?).

I'm using the "Standard" boot manager, and the entire disk is devoted
to FreeBSD.

System
BIOS version  PT84510A.86A.2004.P05
Processor Type: Intel Pentium 4
Processor speed: 2.20Ghz

Memory: 512Mb

Disk: Primary IDE Master ST380021A (Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 80Gb)
Primary IDE Slave: IOMega ZIP 250
Secondary IDE Master: Sony CD-RW CRX19 (what I boot from to install)
Secondary IDE Slave: DVD-ROM DDU1621

Boot sequence:
1) ATAPI CD-ROM
2) Hard Drive
3) "Removable Dev."

"Modern BIOS" geometry: 155061/16/63 for ad0
"calculated" geometry: 9729/255/63 for ad0

ad0s1 start=63, size=2875572
ad0s2 start=2875635, size=10217340
ad0s3 start=13092975, size=143203410
unus  start=156296384, size=5103

ad0s1a / 384Mb
ad0s1d /usr 1Gb
ad0s2b SWAP 1Gb
ad0s2d /tmp 384Mb
ad0s2e /var 512Mb
ad0s2f /var/mail 2Gb
ad0s2g /usr/ports 1Gb
ad0s3d /home/mysql 4Gb
ad0s3e /home 50Gb
ad0s3f /usr/src 3Gb
ad0s3g /usr/obj 3Gb
ad0s3h /extra 8483Mb

Suggestions, please?  I'm making zero headway right now. :(
-- 

John Lind
john@starfire.MN.ORG

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
  - Winston Churchill



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