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

Tyler Gee geekout at
Tue Mar 28 18:14:40 UTC 2006

I downloaded last week and installed without problems on a eMachine
C6423 (with nvidia graphics card even).

It was working beautifully until I updated to -current and now I am
having problems.  Nothing wrong with the boot CDs though.


On 3/28/06, Scot Hetzel <swhetzel at> wrote:
> 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.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Scot Hetzel <swhetzel at>
> Date: Mar 22, 2006 11:25 AM
> Subject: FreeBSD/AMD64 6.1-Beta4: Strange problem with install CDs boot loader
> To: freebsd-stable at
> 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
> /boot/kernel/kernel.
> 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
> crashing.
> Anyone else have a problem with the AMD64 install CDs?
> Scot
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