HELP -- install FreeBSD 5.2 with Minimal Installation completed.....

JJB Barbish3 at
Thu Sep 9 05:08:22 PDT 2004

Sounds like you have bad hard drive. This is typical side effect
problem caused by the PCs power supply going bad and not providing
enough power to HD to keep disks spinning at correct speed. At low
speeds heads rub on recording media destroying it. Try installing on
different pc with different HD.

On the other hand low-level format is a thing of the past. All
multi-gig HD come pre formatted without any low-level format
software provided. What ever you think you did running a old fashion
low-level format may have really just screwed up you HD beyond
repair. Replace it and try installing ms/windows again to verify you
have working hardware, them install FBSD on the HD with out using dd

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Kangaroo
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 7:50 AM
To: freebsd-questions at
Subject: HELP -- install FreeBSD 5.2 with Minimal Installation

Installation of freebsd5.2 with minimal installation (
fast install )complete . After reboot the machine for the
first time and bring os up, OS actually do not work. it
boot with all kind of funny characters and the screen keep
rolling forever.
my system is cyrix MII 686.-300MHZ. 30G MAXTOR -drive. It
was working with windows and FreeBSD4.6. After trying 5.2.
with using "DD"mode to install  unsuccessfully. I had
follow the advice to run dos fdisk and format (fat-32) the
drive; but now the drive seem only work with dos not
windows and other OS... The funny thing it always fail
during copying files to mount partittion...
failed on ffs_cluster ...for freebsd and for openbsd it
has problems with /mnt/usr during installation. With
windows 2000/xp it has problems after completely copy
files to harddrive and when system reboot it hung with
hardware errror or blah. blah...
My guessing it is must be wrong with bios on this drive..
but i dont know how... I have already lowlevel format the
drive successfully. .. I need help on this.. Is anyone has
any ideas how to fix it? I'm greatly appreciated.


Khai Dao

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