Unable to boot after install, machine just reboots continuously
Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P.
kdk at daleco.biz
Thu Sep 2 20:51:10 PDT 2004
Scott Pepperdine wrote:
>I am attempting to load FreeBSD 4.9 from CD onto a Micron Millenia XKU
>(Pentium II, 300 MHz, 390 MB RAM). The install runs very smoothly and
>completes successfully. But when I attempt to boot from the hard drive it
>If I tell the install to replace the MBR then the machine just continuously
>reboots, but I suspect that it gets as far as trying to load FreeBSD before
>If I tell the install to load the boot manager, then the system finds the
>hard drive and gives me the F1 prompt, with FreeBSD listed as the only boot
>option. When I press F1 the system reboots.
>There are no errors listed or other indication on the screen to tell me what
>is going on.
>If you can tell me what is happening, that would be great. If not, can you
>tell me how to trouble shoot this? Is there an image of a 'rescue disk'
>somewhere that would allow me to boot from diskette and read some log files?
>Which log files would I want to look at? How else should I proceed? What
>other information should I provide?
>I have installed FreeBSD onto one other system using these CDs and it worked
>great, so the CDs should not be the problem.
>I can load NT and MandrakeLinux onto this PC and they both work and boot
>from the hard drive.
>All help appreciated,
"All help" is good, 'cause I'm not much ... but I'll be
IIRC, you should be able to dl an image for a "Fixit"
floppy, which is bootable and has just enough space
for fdisk/bsdlabel/cat/ls and friends. If you know your
way 'round Mandrake's console (heh, do they even still
have one?) you *might* be able to get some info.
From one of the online docs:
"FreeBSD features a ``Fixit'' option in the top menu of
the boot floppy. To use it, you will also need either a fixit.flp
image floppy, generated in the same fashion as the boot floppy,
or the ``live filesystem'' CDROM; typically the second CDROM
in a multi-disc FreeBSD distribution.
To invoke fixit, simply boot the kern.flp floppy, choose the
``Fixit'' item and insert the fixit floppy or CDROM when asked.
You will then be placed into a shell with a wide variety of
commands available (in the /stand and /mnt2/stand directories)
for checking, repairing and examining filesystems and their
contents. Some UNIX administration experience is required
to use the fixit option."
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