kern/107759: Unable to load a kernel after clean install

Marno van der Molen marno.vandermolen at
Wed Jan 10 08:40:15 PST 2007

>Number:         107759
>Category:       kern
>Synopsis:       Unable to load a kernel after clean install
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       high
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Jan 10 16:40:14 GMT 2007
>Originator:     Marno van der Molen
>Release:        6.1-RELEASE
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I tried installing FreeBSD about 4 times and each time it comes up with this after the installation: I've followed the Installation Howto to the letter and it appears that more people are experiencing this problem.

Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf
Unable to load a kernel !
can't load 'kernel'
Type '?' for a list of commands, 'help' for more detailed help.

'Known workarounds' (Installing base and kernel seperately) didn't work for me cause (probably) I'm not familiar enough with FreeBSD yet as this is my first time using *BSD. I hope you can fix this problem cause I would love to experiment with FreeBSD.
Install 6.1-RELEASE on a pc (i386, might also affect other architectures although I can't verify this) and follow the installation manual on the FreeBSD website.
Apparantly installing 'base' and 'kernel' packages manually, though this didn't work for me, but this might be due to my (lack of) experience with FreeBSD.

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