Weird incompatibility of compaq evo 510 PCs

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Wed Oct 12 05:22:13 PDT 2005

Vittorio <vdemart1 at> writes:

> At office I have an old compaq 450 (p3, 450MHz,128MB) working as a 
> postgresql 8.03  server under freebsd 5.4.
> Now having the chance of 
> substituting it with a newer Compaq Evo 510 (p4,2,8 GHz, 512MB) to be 
> on the safe side I tested this new pc trying to run freesbie 1.1 on it  
> from a CD. Unfortunately after showing the usual line with  
> root at casad'amico etc.. a cryptic message of fatal error popped up 
> saying something like:
> int=0000000d err=00000000 efl=00030246 
> eip=00003034 eax=0000205d 
> ebx=00000004
> etc, etc.
> Furthermore, 
> identical  diagnostics popped up trying to boot FreeBSD from the 
> primary hd of the old pc mounted on this new one.
> Thinking that there 
> was something  wrong with that specific box only I tried:
> a) to boot 
> freesbie on other compaq evo 510 in my office but all of them failed to 
> boot with the same (or similar??) diagnostics;
> b) the freesbie cd is ok 
> having tested it on other boxes;
> b) using a cd for the installation of 
> M$ windows on the evo 510 it all works like a charm and everything is 
> installed.
> My questions are:
> 1) Is this a known incompatibility of the 
> Compaq evo 510 PCs ( a search in the internet didn't shed any light on 
> it!);
> 2) Is there any way to overcome the problem and how?

Try to install FreeBSD 6.0 on one of these machines.  
It's more likely to work, and if it doesn't, it is likely to give more
information about what is wrong.

The information you gave definitely isn't enough to go on.

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