Loader failure when booting from CompactFlash

avleeuwen at piwebs.com avleeuwen at piwebs.com
Thu Jun 17 14:26:30 GMT 2004

> avleeuwen at piwebs.com wrote:
>> I'm trying to boot a compact -CURRENT installation from a CompactFlash
>> disk on a Lex Light mini system (see www.lex.com.tw).
> I've installed ThinBSD (which is based on 5.2.1) on a Lex Light and it
> works.
>> If I boot from a hard drive, it works fine, but when I boot from the
>> CompactFlash, it crashes immediately when attempting to start the
>> loader.
>> It gives an error message, but the system immediately restarts, so I
>> can't
>> read it. The CompactFlash disk boots fine in a completely different
>> system.
> How have you formatted (slices/labels) the flash? I was unable to get it
> to boot if I did it in another computer with a 7in1 cardreader.. I had
> to boot on a FreeBSD CD in the lex and run sysinstall from there. (CD
> was connected via USB).

Thanks! An install from CD works indeed. But as soon as I overwrite the
data on the partition with my own (with a dump/restore in the cardreader),
the same thing happens again. I guess it's not the partitioning that is to
blame. I'll experiment with leaving /boot alone.


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