Trouble with FreeBSD 5.2.1 and SATA
forrie at forrie.com
Wed May 12 18:32:16 PDT 2004
I posted a message recently about troubles encountered with FreeBSD-5.x
and my SATA drives, controlled by an on-board Silicon Image chip.
I understand there were some code glitches in between and thus my update
via CVS and subsequent rebuild of the system created a problem.
However, just to be sure, I brought my machine in to the shop to be
tested. Windows/XP has no problem booting up and it recognizes the
drives. So I returned the machine here and have tried to reinstall
FreeBSD-5.2.1-RELEASE and am now encountering more problems.
When I partition the drives, I make sure that all 4 (SATA) drives are
consumed by FreeBSD and that newfs (added -b 16384 -f 2048 options to
some partitions) is performed.
The listing of drives is in reverse order:
(I think that was the correct prefix)
I first selected "4" as the root drive, and selected the standard MBR.
When the installation was complete, I rebooted and the boot process
couldn't find a valid partition and I was left at the "boot" prompt. I
reinstalled, using "10" as the root drive, again selecting "standard
MBR" for each drive (just to be sure) and the same thing happened:
invalid partition, etc.
Clearly the boot record is being read, as I'm at the boot prompt.
I did run into an error I've reported before, where FreeBSD complains
about the disk's geometry, and says it is using something "more likely"
-- as I recall, that was the right route to go - as I entered in what I
see in the SOYO BIOS and it still complains.
I'm stumped as to what the problem could be at this point; any
assistance in resolving this would be appreciated. I know I should
have gone with SCSI and I probably wouldn't be having these problems now
;-) But this is what I have. The SATA drives are 80gb's (less prone
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