boot process failure (/boot.config, boot2, loader)

J oberweith elimited at
Tue Jan 17 20:54:24 PST 2006

Booting problem...
I have installed FreeBSD 6.0 on my little Pentium III box. My problem started when I was trying to have it boot ACPI enabled by default (now, of course, I know about the loader.conf control file).

Anyway, I read another post stating that all I needed to do was put the boot option into /boot.config, so I make a /boot.config file with the number 2 in it (for the second boot option which has ACPI enabled) and reboot.

Now during boot it stops in (apparently) boot2 with:

Free BSD/i386 boot
Default: 0:ad(0,a)2

If I type "?" to see what commands may be allowed I get:

?. .. .snap dev tmp usr var home etc cdrom dist bin boot lib libexec mnt proc rescue root sbin sys .cshrc .profile COPYRIGHT compat entropy boot.config

No matter which of these commands I type it just puts it in place of the "2" above:

enter: root
comes back with: Default: 0:ad(0,a)root

So I have apparently broke the boot process with my "2" in /boot.config, but according to the manual I should be able to find files on my system, etc (maybe even delete /boot.config for example).

But no matter what I type in for a command it just eats it making a new "Default:" line. 

Any ideas on how to use the boot2 system to find/edit/remove the /boot.config file? Or maybe to just tell the boot2 process to ignore /boot.config?



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