Installation woes with 6.2 release
derek at computinginnovations.com
Tue Jul 10 15:33:21 UTC 2007
At 07:47 PM 7/9/2007, Kurt Buff wrote:
>On 7/9/07, Derek Ragona <derek at computinginnovations.com> wrote:
>> At 04:20 PM 7/9/2007, Kurt Buff wrote:
>>On 7/9/07, Derek Ragona <derek at computinginnovations.com> wrote:
>> At 03:43 PM 7/9/2007, Kurt Buff wrote:
>> I've got a machine with 2GB of RAM, onto which I can install Windows
>> XP with no issues.
>> However, FreeBSD 6.2 Release is giving me fits on this machine. If any
>> of you have insight, I'd surely appreciate you sharing
>> The motherboard is an Intel D645 GEBV2. I've tried a couple of
>> different disk arrangements, with no success.
>> I've installed an IDE WD 180GB drive, which the motherboard BIOS
>> detects just fine. When I boot from disk 1 for the FreeBSD install, it
>> detects no hard drive.
>> I've put in an Addonics ADSA2 PCI SATA card, which sports the SiL
>> 1352A chipset, but the install blows up when installing to a 74GB
>> Seagate drive - the kernel panics and it reboots while copying files
>> to disk.
>> Has anyone run into these problems? Google hasn't been particularly my
>> friend on this one.
>> I've tried reading the install docs on the CD, with no particular
>> luck, but I could be missing something.
>> Clearly you have a disk controller compatibility problem. I do know the
>> Sil chips are terrible, and there is a long history of issues with these
>> chips and FreeBSD!
>> Can you find a regular IDE drive to plug into that motherboard?
>> Plugging an IDE drive into the motherboard is the first thing I did -
>> that's the case above where FreeBSD didn't see *any* HD. That's the
>> one that really fries my brain, because the motherboard BIOS detects
>> it correctly, and XP installs to it just fine.
>> Any possibility the IDE master/slave jumper is not set right on that drive?
>> On some intel MB's it takes a reboot into setup so that setup see's the
>>hard drive, then check that it has that hard drive in the boot order. I
>>know this seems a bit simple, but just trying to check all possibilities.
>>I've never seen a problem with a standard IDE drive installation. After you
>>had XP on the drive did you reformat the drive to clear it out?
>I think I'll go beat my lackey again.
>He was supposed to remove the jumper, and didn't do it.
>I took it off, and it's installing happily to the IDE drive.
>I'm gonna bag the SATA for now.
>Thanks for your help,
I'm glad I could help. As an FYI windows ignores a lot of hardware issues
until it simply can't run anymore, where FreeBSD is much better at error
checking. Of course sometimes that can make it frustrating.
If you can get a decent SATA controller you might try adding or switching
to SATA in the future, but avoid the Sil ones.
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