Installed 5.2RC from CDROM, fails to boot in manager
oberman at es.net
Thu Jan 1 16:15:34 PST 2004
> Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2004 12:55:11 -0800
> From: Clint Olsen <clint at 0lsen.net>
> Sender: owner-freebsd-current at freebsd.org
> On Jan 01, Ryan Sommers wrote:
> > When you hit a key does anything show up on the next line after the
> > bootmanagers prompt, like a - / \ | character? If not then your MBR might
> > have been corrupted. Is it a constant tone or is it just an error beep
> > when you hit a key? I don't remember if boot0 makes a beep on a bad key
> > or not.
> No, it doesn't show any sort of booting character. It beeps no matter what
> key I hit. It just hangs there. This is a 40G Maxtor drive I swiped out
> of my Dell machine.
> I had some fun running fdisk on this thing. Fdisk could never get the
> geometry right for this disk - but it did appear to be able to detect the
> size correctly. It kept trying to create 3 partitions, instead of the
> usual 2 (the 0-63 partition 'hole' + the freebsd partition).
> At any rate, I got the screen to appear largely like it does on the fdisk
> menu in the FreeBSD Handbook (incorrectly guessing the disk size but at
> least getting the number of partitions right).
> > Is FreeBSD the only operating system you have on the system? You might
> > try chosing not to use a boot manager if it is the only OS.
> Yes, it's the only system. I have the boot manager on my 4.7 machine, so I
> didn't see any harm in using it again. I actually want to install a second
> disk with Windows on it so I can refer to it for emergency purposes.
Try re-writing the MBR. Use the fixit disk (ISO-2) to bring up th live
system. Then enter the command:
boot0cfg -o packet -B ad0
There are other options you might want to use, but this should
work. (Read the man page.)
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
E-mail: oberman at es.net Phone: +1 510 486-8634
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