Problems Installing FreeBSD 5.1-CURRENT

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Fri Aug 22 01:33:30 PDT 2003

On Thu, Aug 21, 2003 at 05:27:31PM -0700, R B wrote:
> hi my name is pyr0teknix696 and i've been using linux
> for 3 years and decided to try freebsd on an old AST
> x486 with 32MB ram and a 3.16G HDD my problem is that
> the BIOS is not able to boot from CROM drives so i
> read through the docs and BSD and it says to create
> boot floppies with fdimage i do everything im supposed
> to do and the I reboot off the kernel.flp disk that
> works fine then it says to put in msfroot.flp disk i
> do that and then hit enter the problem is i reboot and
> it gives a message saying something like this:
> /kernel
> default 0:fd(0,a)fd0
> boot:
> i dont know what this is can you please help me so
> that i can actually get to the installation process

Sounds to me like your mfsroot.flp disk didn't come out quite right.
Floppies are not at all reliable, and a single bad sector will stop
them working for the FreeBSD install -- the install floppies have to
pack in a great deal of stuff and they need to use practically every
available byte on the disks.

Try again building a new mfsroot.flp disk, preferably on a brand new



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