FreeBSD 8.3-R sysinstall does not "see" disks that are recognized during boot

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Wed Apr 18 06:24:17 UTC 2012

On 17/04/2012 23:02, Andy Dills wrote:
> However, once the system finishes booting and loads into sysinstall, and I 
> go to partition the drives, I get "No disks found! Please verify that your 
> disk controller is being properly loaded at boot time".

If you boot into 'Live CD' rather than the installer, can you still see
the drives in /dev ?

If so, you should be able to go ahead and install the system manually --
it takes a little knowledge of some of the low level management
commands, but it isn't particularly difficult.  If you wanted to use ZFS
for instance, you'ld have to do a manual install anyhow, and there are
many recipes around the web.

If the drives appear in the dmesg output and then disappear that's a
whole different kettle of fish.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.

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