new 6.1 install will not boot

Derek Ragona derek at
Wed Aug 23 15:34:38 UTC 2006

I have seen this happen where the kernel is not copied by sysinstall.  I 
booted the install CD but exited sysinstall to a shell prompt, mounted the 
root partitiion and manually copied the kernel.  You might give that a try.


At 01:48 AM 8/23/2006, Perry Hutchison wrote:
> > Recommend you get a [bigger|second] disk if you can though,
> > or housecleaning will be a constant chore.
>I got it more or less working, although not completely set up, and
>then that 10GB disk died:  click -- kerthunk -- click -- kerthunk
>continuously, even after cycling power, even with only the power
>connected :(
>After replacing it with a 160GB Hitachi, and reinstalling Windoze,
>Linux, and FreeBSD (in that order, as before), I seem to be back at
>square one -- FreeBSD won't boot -- but the details are different.
>Partition Commander now has:
>   Ptn    size   ----- type -----  1st sector  # of sectors
>   P0     250M   FAT32      0x0B          63        514017
>   P1       7M   Linux ext2 0x83      514080         16065
>   P2   41.99G   Unix       0xA5      530145      88068330
>   P3   85.75G   Extended   0x0F    88598475     179831610
>    L0   43.75G   FAT32      0x0B    88598538      91763217
>    L1     400M   Linux swap 0x82   180361818        819252
>    L2   41.60G   Linux ext2 0x83   181181133      87248952
>Sysinstall had not commented about the geometry with the 10GB disk,
>but it did this time; and as suggested I let it do what it wanted.
>The Dell BIOS will not tell me what it thinks the geometry is -- it
>just says the drive is EIDE -- so I have no direct way of verifying
>sysinstall's geometry; however the first BIOS partition is a
>working FAT32 and per the instructions that "should" be enough for
>sysinstall to have gotten it right.  (The second BIOS partition is
>a Linux /boot, which also works.)
>The install appeared to succeed, and the FreeBSD boot manager does
>successfully boot Windoze and Linux, but all attempts to boot FreeBSD
>from the hard disk fail.
>The following was transcribed by hand, so there might be some typos;
>and I've added some notes to the right of the lsdev output.  I've
>also confirmed, using the loader's "ls", that there is no visible
>file named 'kernel' in the root directory, nor anywhere under /boot,
>/rescue, or /sbin.  Where is it supposed to come from, and how do
>I get it where it needs to be without reinstalling the whole thing
>*yet again*?
>F1   DOS
>F2   Linux
>F3   FreeBSD
>Default: F3
>BTX loader 1.00  BTX version is 1.01
>Consoles: internal video/keyboard
>BIOS drive A: is disk0
>BIOS drive C: is disk1
>BIOS 640kB/195584kB available memory
>acpi: bad RSDP checksum (210)
>FreeBSD/i386 bootstrap loader, Revision 1.1
>(root at, Sun May  7 03:20:03 UTC 2006)
>Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf
>Unable to load a kernel!
>can't load 'kernel'
>Type '?' for a list of commands, 'help' for more detailed help.
>OK lsdev
>cd devices:
>disk devices:
>     disk0: BIOS drive A:
>     disk1: BIOS drive C:
>       disk1s1: FAT32              # C:
>       disk1s2: ext2fs             # Linux /boot
>         disk1s3a: FFS             # FreeBSD /
>         disk1s3b: swap
>         disk1s3d: FFS             # FreeBSD /var
>         disk1s3e: FFS             # FreeBSD /tmp
>         disk1s3f: FFS             # FreeBSD /usr
>       disk1s4: Unknown fs: 0xf    # contains FAT32 D:, Linux swap and /
>pxe devicde:
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