Installing 7.1 amd64 on Dell powerEdge 2950

Olivier Nicole on at
Wed Mar 18 21:50:13 PDT 2009


I recently posted the message bellow on FreeBSD question, but I did
not get much reply.

As suggested by in a reply, I updated the BIOS, and PERC and Board
control management, but it did not go any further in the boot process.

I ran tests:

R6.4 amd64: works
R7.0 amd64: does not work
R7.1 i386: works
R7.1 i386+PAE: does not work (I had to remove fdc and some other 
               devices before it could complete the boot)

I plan to install R6.4 amd64, csvup to 7.1 and rebuild everything. I
am pretty sure it will be working with a custom kernel, but not with
default SMP kernel.

I can do some testing on that machine for a couple more weeks, but I
would need to be guided on what to do.



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Subject: Installing 7.1 amd64 on Dell powerEdge 2950
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I spent a couple of days trying to install FreeBSD 7.1 amd64 on a Dell
PowerEdge 2950.

It won't finish booting properly from the installation CD:

with default boot, single user and verbose it stops at:
fdc0: ...
device_attach: fdc0 attach returned 6

with ACPI disabled and Safe mode it stops at:
md0: Preloaded insge <boot/mfroot>...
Trying to mount root from ufs /dev/md0

After it hangs, I waited about half hour, making sure nothing move,
and had to power down the machine.

Dell PowerEdge 1950 and 200 are not affected.

Any help?


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