BTX loader issues on AMD-64 machine...
o.greve at axis.nl
Wed Mar 1 02:44:07 PST 2006
To some of you, this message may bring about somewhat of a deja-vu
The following is the case: I'm building a staging DB for some clients of
mine (initially on my own FBSD-5.3 i386 test machine), and they
delivered a staging machine, which has an AMD-64 Asus MoBo (with 739
socket, I think) with an Nvidia internal RAID controller, and perhaps
also the dreaded Silicon 3115 internal RAID controller (so far that is
the 'deja-vu' part).
Now, I want to simply install FBSD 5.4 or 6.0 on that machine without
bothering with the RAID drives (i.e. I simply want the machine to ignore
the internal RAID controllers and set up FBSD on a single drive if need be).
However... When trying to boot from the FBSD 5.4 and 6.0 install
CD-ROMS, right after the boot menu I directly get a BTX loader error
which dumps the machine's register's contents to the screen regardless
of the boot mode I chose?!?
This is something entirely new to me, and I wonder what causes it (on
various similar machines I've never experienced this issue with FBSD 5.x
It should be noted that the machine previously had W*nd*ws 2003 Server
installed on it, and booting that results in a very nasty 'graphical'
BSOD with some stuff about a 'stop error, yadih yadih yadah...'.
Also, the Nvidia RAID controller complained about the RAID array being
Now, I did enter the Nvidia RAID BIOS to try and disable RAID altogether
and it wouldn't allow me to do so (nor was the MoBo's BIOS kind enough
to grant me such an option) <SIGH>. :(
Rebuilding it eliminated the complaints from the controller, but not the
W*n BSOD, nor the BTX loader issues.
Does anyone know if these BTX loader issues sound like something that
might be caused by a defective HD (note: it already occurs right after
selecting a boot mode from the install CD-ROM (at a point in time that I
think it shouldn't have even accessed the HD?!?))?
Tnx in advance, and cheers,
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