[nycbug-talk] boot problem solved
Brian A. Seklecki
lavalamp at spiritual-machines.org
Sun Sep 2 22:56:25 EDT 2007
Ahh, the bootloader / MBR must have accidentally been written to your
data-drives causing the confusion. A common problem for sysinstall
newcomers. Wont cause you any problems other than confusion.
Normally you'd get "unable to find bootable drive", and, depending on the
BIOS (award/phoenix/AMI), it would try the bootable media it comprehends
in some arbitrary order based on the alignment of the starts and the menu
at the local Thai restaurant.
God I pine for OpenFirmware.
On Sun, 2 Sep 2007, jekillen wrote:
> Yup, I did it again;
> regarding this exchange:
> Gotta love how this stuff still happens in 2007, huh>
> What we need to do is validate that the BIOS of your motherboard is
> mapping device at 0x80 to what FreeBSD later interprets to be "ad4".
> The 1st and 2nd stage boot loader isn't going to know anything about
> kernel device names.
> We know because the 1st stage loader is starting that the BIOS is
> picking the correct physical drive to read the MBR from.
> Break out of the boot loader and send us the output of:
> lsdev -v
> Also, we can find out what changed in loader(8) on AMD64 pretty easily
> between 6.0 and 6.2 using CVS.
> And following the instructions regarding watching for the spinner and
> hitting any key at the prompt, I
> was not getting the spinner at all.
> But, I went back to look at my bios settings and did not have the
> bootable drive set to be the first
> drive after the cdrom to try to boot from.
> So, I corrected that and I am up an running.
> In the future all your info and instructions will be very useful.
> Thanks again, I was contemplating swapping out the drive with the root
> partition with an IDE drive
> and reinstalling, that would been the long way around and a waste of
> Jeff K
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-lava (Brian A. Seklecki - Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
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