Fwd: FreeBSD/AMD64 6.1-Beta4: Strange problem with install CDs boot loader

Scot Hetzel swhetzel at gmail.com
Tue Mar 28 16:03:49 UTC 2006

I previously sent this to the STABLE list, but after reading about the
boot loader problems from other AMD64 users on this list, I thought I
should re-post it here.

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From: Scot Hetzel <swhetzel at gmail.com>
Date: Mar 22, 2006 11:25 AM
Subject: FreeBSD/AMD64 6.1-Beta4: Strange problem with install CDs boot loader
To: freebsd-stable at freebsd.org

I recently purchased a HP Pavilion dv8135nr Laptop.

 The strange problem I had was that when the boot loader would load
it would crash if I didn't touch any key on the keyboard.

The last thing I saw, before it crashed was it reading the
/boot/loader.conf off the CD.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read
the crash, as the screen at that point was unreadable.  I suspect that
the point in which it crashed was when it was loading the kernel, but
before it displayed the message that it was loading

This problem occured with both the FreeBSD/AMD64 boot-only and disc1
install CD-ROMs.

 Thinking that I may need to disable something with acpi, I tried to
break into the boot loader by pressing the space bar repeatedly.  But
it wouldn't break into the boot loader, instead it loaded the kernel
and I was able to install FreeBSD/AMD64  6.1-Beta 4.

Once I had FreeBSD/AMD64 6.1-Beta 4 installed, I was able to
repeatedly boot the system from the Hard Drive without the boot loader

Anyone else have a problem with the AMD64 install CDs?

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