FreeBSD 5.0 CD Boot Failure

Eric Von Dollen fjvondollen at
Tue May 6 16:23:24 PDT 2003

RE: Message 3E48C8DD.659314BB at

I have had similar failure attempting to boot an HP EVO D510 e-pc (see below for specs).
Attempts to boot 5.0 and 4.7 yield the following message and a hard hang:

Searching for Boot Record from CDROM..OK
CD Loader 1.01

Building the boot loader arguments
Looking up /BOOT/LOADER... Found

Because the e-pc does not come standard with floppy drive, I created
a DOS bootable CD (see with the boot.flp image as a bootable option.
Once again a hard hang resulted after the following:

Loading memdisk....
Loading freebsd.img...............................................
MEMDISK 1.67 2002-02-03  Copyright 2001 H. Peter Anvin
Ramdisk at 0x07500000, length 0x002d0000
command line: initrd=freebsd.img BOOT_IMAGE=memdisk
Disk is floppy, 2880 K, C/H/S = 80/2/36
dos_mem  =    0x9fc00 (639 K)
low_mem  =   0xf00000 (15360 K)
high_mem =  0x67f0000 (106432 K)
Total size needed = 1284 bytes
Old dos memory at 0x9fc00 (map says 0x9fc00), loading at 0x9f400
mem1mb  = 15360 (0x3c00)
mem16mb =  1616 (0x0650)
mem1588 = 65535 (0xffff)
INT 13 08: Success, count = 0, BPT = 0000:0000
old: int13 = f000eed2  int15 = f000f859
new: int13 = 9f400008  int15 = 0f400230

The e-pc will boot and install Redhat 8.0 and Mandrake 8.2.  The FreeBSD 4.7 and 5.0 CDs
will boot and install on a Dell Dimension 4300 machine.  The CDs were created by writing
the iso image downloads with ahead Nero.

The e-pc Bios has been flashed to the latest version.  BIOS settings appear to meet boot

I would appreciate receiving any advice that enables successful installation of 5.0 on e-pc.

Eric Von Dollen

Compaq Evo D510 e-pc Specifications
chassis description             e-pc Small Form Factor
CPU / processor                 Intel® Pentium® 4 2.4 GHz
cache description               512KB for Pentium 4
chipset                         Intel® 845G chipset
memory description              128 MB DDR PC2100
available memory slots          2
internal hard drive             Western Digital 40 GB (7200 rpm)
internal optical drive          Mitsumi Slim 24x CD-ROM
internal audio                  Integrated Intel Audio
I/O ports                       6 USB 2.0, 1 serial, 1 parallel
keyboard description            USB Easy Access Keyboard
mouse / pointing device         Compaq Carbon 2-button USB Scroll Mouse
graphics card(s)                Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics - 4X AGP
compatible operating systems    Microsoft® Windows® 2000
                                Windows® XP Professional
                                Windows® XP Home
                                Linux Mandrake 8.2
network/LAN characteristics     Integrated Intel PRO/100 VE Network Connection   
chassis dimensions (w x d x h)  9.8 X 12.2 X 3.8 inch  
weight                          9.9 lbs
keyboard dimensions (w x d x h) 18.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 in  
power                           Internal Power Supply  
ergonomics compliance           ENERGY STAR® 
warranty, std.                  3/3/3 (parts/labor/onsite)   
fault management                SMART Hard Drives
                                Fault Notification
                                Prefailure Warranty
                                Proactive Backup
                                Surge Tolerant Full Ranging Power Supply
                                Thermal Sensor
                                Ultra ATA Integrity Monitoring (CRC Checking)   
security management             Kensington Lock Support
                                Mechanical Hood Security Provision
                                Cable Lock Provision
                                Port Control
                                Serial, Parallel, USB Enable/Disable
                                Security screw to lock cover
                                USB ports can be blocked
                                Power-On Password
                                Setup Password

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