Can't Find Kernel

Jeff Rollin jeff.rollin at
Sun Sep 3 14:21:11 PDT 2006

On 03/09/06, Andy Street <t3h1337n00b at> wrote:
> [I'm not sure if this got sent becvause I just got a message saying that
> since I wasn't a member, a message entitled "No Subject" was waiting
> approval.  I think I'm a member now, but if this email went out twice, I
> appologize]
> Hi guys,
> I had installed FreeBSD in my schools computer systems lab, so I decided
> to
> install it at home as a dual boot with Solaris 10, already installed on
> half
> the HD.  I downloaded the images off, burned them to CD's, and
> then did a post burn md5sum on them to make sure they burned
> properly.  The
> install seemed to go well, other than not being able to read fvwm off the
> disc.  When I boot, the error I'm getting after I select FreeBSD in the
> boot
> loader is that it "cant find the 'kernel'".  Just before I get the error,
> it
> says "Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf", so naturally that's the first
> place I looked after booting into single user mode with the live CD.
> Strangely, I found that not only was there no /boot/defaults/loader.conf,
> the /boot/defaults folder didn't even exist.  There is, however, a
> /dist/boot/defaults/loader.conf.  Normally, I'd just edit the boot loader
> but 1) I want to make sure something didn't go horribly wrong with the
> install (I also noticed that bin and sbin in the / directory had @ signs
> after them, i.e. bin@, and I wasn't sure this was normal, though I haven't
> dealt with UNIX much), and 2) according to google and the online
> documentation, the only way to "edit" the boot loader is to install a new
> one.
> So, what should I do?  Copy the /dist/boot/defaults/loader.conf to
> /boot/defaults/loader.conf?  Reinstall using the CD's I burned at school
> that I know work?  Install a new boot loader and point it at
> /dist/boot/defaults/loader.conf?

It got sent.

I've had this problem too; it appears to be a problem with the installation
program. Yes, the fix is to copy the relevant files from the CD. The best
way I've found to do that is to boot the install cd and choose the fixit

Thanks in advance for the help.

You're welcome!


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