Loader can't read USB drive @ boot

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Tue Jun 5 17:17:09 UTC 2007

On Tue, Jun 05, 2007 at 09:16:35AM -0700, Fred Davidson wrote:

> Well I was having this problem with GRUB which someone
> helped me with.  Now Grub will boot my USB key and
> load loader.  The problem?  loader hangs, and
> eventually says it can't find the kernel.  when I
> lsdev it always gives the right description of my hard
> disk partitions on the hard drive, but prints nothing
> for the USB disk. So...

When the FreeBSD loader can't find the kernel, it often means
that it is looking in the wrong place.  Is your Grub MBR pointing
it to the right place?   What is actually on that stick?
Is there a    DDsNa partition for it to boot from?  DD being device
and N being a slice number, 1..4.


> Is this a problem of FreeBSD not being able to read
> from the USB stick this early?
> Is this a problem of the BIOS being fishy with FreeBSD
> and refusing to give up the details of the USB stick? 
> Is this (like a read in another post) just a problem
> of the specific USB stick I'm using, and that there's
> something different about different sticks? Do these
> little sticks really have firmware?
> You ponder that, I'm gonna go drop some cash on a new
> USB stick, hope that's it.
> -Fred
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