FreeBSD won't boot after install (Possible Disk Geometry
gabelevy at fiber.com
Tue Mar 22 09:56:57 PST 2005
I've loved FreeBSD since I torture-tested it as a web server several years
ago and found it could easily handle about 10 times the number of
concurrent connections as red hat with perfect stability and incredibly
frugal memory usage. I desperately want to use it for our new web/database
server but I am at the end of my installation rope here, so any help would
be much appreciated.
Attempting to install FreeBSD 5.3-Release on (all brand new):
P4 3.2Ghz Hyperthreaded
ECS 848P-A motherboard
Phoenix AwardBIOS v6.00
1 Gig DDR RAM
WD800JB Western Digital 80GB HDD
D-Link DGE-530T Gigabit Ethernet card
My BIOS reports the disk geometry as 38309/16/255 in setup with access mode
set to "Auto." I make one slice, using the whole disk, and use the
automatic label/partitions. Fdisk complains that the disk geometry of
155061/16/63 is incorrect and chooses 9729/255/63. I set the partition as
active and choose to use an MBR.The FTP install goes by without a hitch and
upon reboot I get "Non-system disk or disk error" and the system will not boot.
Changing the disk access mode in the BIOS to "LBA" causes my BIOS to detect
the geometry as 9729/255/63 which I was sure would solve my problems. FDISK
still complains that 155061/16/63 is incorrect and chooses 9729/255/63.
Install continues just as before and I get the same problem on reboot.
Any ideas? After wasting a whole day on this yesterday, I figured maybe
somebody here can help.
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