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Date:      Thu, 21 Jan 2010 06:52:06 -0600
From:      John <john@starfire.mn.org>
To:        Fbsd1 <fbsd1@a1poweruser.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: "Invalid partition table" after installation
Message-ID:  <20100121065206.B8574@starfire.mn.org>
In-Reply-To: <4B58127E.9000106@a1poweruser.com>; from fbsd1@a1poweruser.com on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 04:38:22PM +0800
References:  <20100121014759.B3377@starfire.mn.org> <4B58127E.9000106@a1poweruser.com>

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On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 04:38:22PM +0800, Fbsd1 wrote:
> John wrote:
> > 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. :(
> 
> What version of FreeBSD are you running????

Well, yes, I suppose that would be a good bit of information!

What I'm *TRYING* to run is 8.0.  It seems to install successfully
(of course - after doing all that), but then when I try to boot
from the hard drive, I see an otherwise-blank screen that says:


Invalid partition table


and that's as far as it goes!

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John Lind
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the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
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