misc/103603: 6.1 install-boot from floppies fails

Juergen Heberling admin at hicom.net
Sun Sep 24 20:30:23 PDT 2006

>Number:         103603
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       6.1 install-boot from floppies fails
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Mon Sep 25 03:30:22 GMT 2006
>Originator:     Juergen Heberling
>Release:        6.1 Production
$ uname -a
FreeBSD aaaa.xxx.tld 6.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE #0: Sun May  7 04:42:5                                      6 UTC 2006     root at opus.cse.buffalo.edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/SMP  i386

Trying to install 6.1 via boot from floppies, gets failure on "floppy 1" (kern1.flp): 
zf_read: fill error
readin failed 
elf32_loadimage: read failed

(system successfully loaded from "boot.flp"
(yes, "fill" above (not "file") ) 

kern1.flp was recreated several times including re-download from ftp site. 
different diskettes were used.  
fails consistently 
circumvention - boot from CDROM

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