Does FreeBSD have problems with SCSI CD-drives ??

Derek Ragona derek at
Tue Feb 28 12:18:48 PST 2006

I believe it is more incompatibilities with older BIOS and SCSI BIOS, 
etc.  I have an older MB that won't boot the SCSI CD.  This is really 
problematic as the system will boot the floppies, but cannot after booting, 
find the boot device.  I have to mount the cd and update from the mounted 
cd.  Once I have the system loaded on the hard drive it is fine.

I know this is of no help, just letting you know you are not alone.


At 02:01 PM 2/28/2006, Rene Brehmer wrote:
>I've got SCSI Plextor CD-drives in my computer (AMD Athlon XP-based), and 
>ATA harddrives. When I try to install FreeBSD 6.0 booting from the CDs, it 
>stops with "Error, unable to load kernel". I tried first with 6.0, then 
>with 5.4. Interestingly the 5.4 installer says "Unable to load matching 
>I then made the install floppies, and used those to boot from, and then it 
>installed without a problem. Although the disk slicer did make a few 
>errors in the partition table, which I had to fix to get Windows to work 
>properly (did a dual-boot install).
>Just wondering: Does FreeBSD have an issue with SCSI CD-ROM drives, or is 
>it just the install bootup??? Need some documentation before I can 
>actually use it for anything, but atleast now I've figured out how to get 
>it on my harddrive...
>Rene Brehmer
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