bin/164399: 9.0 installer failures

Jin Guojun jguojun at
Mon Jan 23 07:50:10 UTC 2012

>Number:         164399
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       9.0 installer failures
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Mon Jan 23 07:50:09 UTC 2012
>Originator:     Jin Guojun
>Release:        9.0-Release
Cannot provide ENV because installation failure

Hardware -- HP Pavilion dv5210us (dv5000 serial) laptop
1) installer configured internal IDE DVD driver as cd0 (not acd0) but trying to mount /dev/acd0, thus boot to root failed. Manually typing in "cd9660:/dev/cd0 ro" will boot. 

2) DOS partition table has p1, 2, 3 used for Windows, and BSD is installed on partition 4. New installer does not ask for installing BSD boot menu, so FreeBSD 9.0 cannot boot after installtion.

3) After accidentlly did "bsdlabel -w -B ad0" (should be ad0s4), it screwed the boot sector to cause FreeBSD can NEVER  be installed without ZERO out the first track of the hard drive.
    3a) After "bsdlabel -w -B ad0", partition table got corrupted, and Windows has to be reinstalled. Windows installation went OK, and boots OK.
    3b) New try to install FreBSD again, It see disk like:
      ada0           55GB BSD
         ada0a       55GB !0
     fdisk sees partition OK (1, 2, 3 are used for Windows) and 25GB are available

I have not tried on a different hardware, so no clue if this is for this laptop only. The hard drive on this laptop is 60GB capacity.
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