Non-system disk or disk error

Portie Owner portieowner at
Mon Nov 7 13:41:10 PST 2005

I don't know if this is poor netiquete or not but I am
bumping my own question in case anyone missed it. 
Basically my 5.4 installation will not boot up from a
"warm" reboot but will boot with no problems from a
power-off situation.  Thanks.

--- Portie Owner <portieowner at> wrote:

> I am sure there is an easy solution to this but here
> is my problem, and it is driving me nuts.  
> The error message on boot is "Non-system disk or
> disk
> error".  I only get this message if I do a warm
> reboot
> with no power off.  If I halt the system and power
> off
> and restart it boots right up.  
> Computer is a Compaq AP500 (P-II 450mhz, 700MB Ram,
> Adaptec SCSI card).  The system has two SCSI drives,
> "C:" which is at ID 1 and "D:" which is at ID 2. 
> The
> OS is FreeBDS 5.4, standard installation using the
> FreeBSD-only boot manager (I also tried the
> alternate
> FreeBSD boot choice).  No other OSs reside on the
> machine and I have tried to start with a clean DOS
> Fdisked bachine before installing FreeBSD.  The PC
> does not have the Compaq bios partition installed
> but
> that does not seem to matter.  I have not been able
> to
> upgrade the ROM BIOS on this machine, but the Compaq
> Diagnostics and Setup programs seem to work and
> report
> the right information about the disks.  I even tried
> disabling floppy and CD media boot but that dodn't
> help either.  
> Thanks, Portie
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