Can't load kernel, trying to install on a Dell R900.
nicky at valuecare.nl
Thu Feb 28 12:02:14 UTC 2008
I'm having 'a lot' of troubles installing FreeBSD on a new Dell R900
from CD. Somehow it just doesn't seem to be able to load the kernel from
The machine is turned on with the CD is inserted.
It shows the message of the BTX Loader and then it stops with an error
can't load 'kernel'
At first i figured my CD was broken, so i used a different image. Still
no dice, same error message. I've tried 6.2 (amd64), 6.3 (amd64) and 7.0
(amd64), sadly none of them work.
I've disabled the internal CDrom drive and used an external USB CDrom
drive. I figured, perhaps the internal cdrom drive is incompatible with
FreeBSD. Sadly that also didn't work.
Output from lsdev:
cd0: Device 0x0
disk0: Bios drive C:
I've tried install CD from VMWare ESX server, which does boot up and can
be installed. So the hardware does seem to work.
Can anyone advice me on how to proceed in getting FreeBSD on the
machine. Perhaps an alternative install method, or perhaps the Loader is
not configured properly for the R900.
Thanks in advance,
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