I can't BOOT! You all need to WAKE UP and HELP a BROTHER!!!

Erik Norgaard norgaard at locolomo.org
Fri Feb 11 04:01:27 PST 2005

Fafa Diliha Romanova wrote:

> I am running a new HP Compaq DC7100 CMT. For more information, check:
> http://www.antonline.com/p_PC928A-ABA--DC7100-CMT-P4-3.0-512MB-40GB-DVD-WXPP-3-3-3-_102136.htm
> I've been trying to install FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE for a long time now.
> Nobody has bothered to offer me a solution. Let alone a reason!

1st: People have tried to answer you, if spam-blocking means you don't 
get mail, consider changing the configuration if you can, else take a 
look in the archives,


2nd: Don't cross-post, bugs@ is not the list to post to untill you have 
positively identified it as a bug, in which case you should submit a 
problem report.

3rd: Don't SHOUT, and don't swear in the subject line, people might 
simply delete your mail.

4th: There is regularly sent an email about how to get the best out of 
the mailinglist, read it. If you haven't received a copy you can read it 
here: http://www.lemis.com/questions.html

5th: People can only help you based on the information you provide. If 
you have a dificult problem, or do not provide sufficient information, 
expect answers to come more slowly.


n'th: Your problem is difficult to debug since you don't get far enough 
to grap some output message. To recite my own response to your last mail:

There is a boot-only cd that you can use for rescue purposes, (I'm not
sure if the install cd will work also. The install cd will give you
sysinstall so you can repeat any steps that might have failed.)

You should be able to get a shell and use the most basic commands, a
good one is dmesg - yeah, I know it's a bit difficult to grap the output
and paste it in your next post :-(.

Things to try: can you mount your partitions? can you find /sbin/init or
/stand/sysinstall? Things to post: output of dmesg, your drive
partitions, other stuff that you think is usefull.

Using the install disk you can also reinstall the boot manager or mbr. 
If you don't get to the boot prompt, then could be that: your mbr is 
screwed, your disk geometry is not recognized, or your partition table 
is screwed. Sometimes bios and fbsd do not agree on the disk geometry.

Hope this helps you debug the problem.

Cheers, Erik

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