FreeBSD 5.3 - Write failure on transfer
lfusco at webzone.net.au
Sat Jan 1 21:23:38 PST 2005
I am a newbie to this list and I hope I am posting to the correct list -
apologies if I am off target.
I am installing FreeBSD 5.3 on a hp netserver LC2000r. The box is a
dual processor P3 with three scsi2 drives running in a raid1
configuration with one hot spare.
We have six of these boxes. Three of them are running FreeBSD 4.8 or 4.9
without a hitch.
I decided to install 5.3 from CD on a fourth box and I am having a problem.
I go through the install process. When it goes to write the file
structure to the drives it does this in a around 1 second - this seems
very fast. Then it starts copying from the CD and I quickly get the
"Write failure on transfer! (wrote -1 bytes of 1425408 bytes)"
I click ok and the next error message is:
"unable to transfer the base distribution from acd0, do you want to try
to retrieve it again?".
So this has started me troubleshooting the possible causes of the problem:
1) First stop was to suspect the freebsd iso I had burnt was suspect. So
I re burnt the cd and the problem persisted. I then suspected the ISO I
had downloaded was corrupted. So I downloaded it again, burnt the cd but
the problem still persisted.
2) I then suspected the second copy could have come from a cache and
therefore may have the same problem as the first copy - so I checked the
md5 signature but it lines up with the original from freebsd.org
3) I suspected the CD Rom drive - so I swapped it with one of our other
Netserver boxes - problem still persisted.
4)I suspected a drive formatting problem - so I went back into the SCSI
software, redid the raid drives and reformatted them - problem still
5) I suspected another hardware problem - so I pulled out FreeBSD 4.9 to
see if that would install - and it did install without any errors. That
sort of discounts there being any hardware problems. It points to
something specific to freebsd 5.3.
So this is where I have got to - FreeBSD 4.9 will install without errors
but 5.3 will not install.
I suspect the problem has to do with the initial setting up of the file
structure - 5.3 is doing this in about one second whereas 4.9 takes
closer to a minute to do this.
Any thoughts or suggestion?
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