Boot failure after installation

Derek Ragona derek at
Tue Apr 10 12:08:48 UTC 2007

At 08:14 PM 4/9/2007, L Goodwin wrote:
>Derek Ragona said:
> > Go into the SCSI BIOS and reset the SCSI to default values.
> > If it still gives the same error on bootup, I would go into the SCSI 
> BIOS and
> > low-level format that first drive, and reinstall FreeBSD.
> > On the reinstall, I would just do the partioning for that drive, and 
> then install everything.
> > That way it will run mostly by itself, you can just check on it for the 
> last few prompts of the
> > install finishing up.
>Derek, I just did the following, expecting that this would fix the glitch:
>1) Reset the SCSI BIOS to Host Adapter Defaults: Matches prior 
>configuration exactly.
>2) Run a low-level format on SCSI device #0: No errors.
>3) Install FreeBSD 6.2 from scratch. Note: I answered Yes to the prompt
>     "ACPI was disabled during boot. Would you like to disable it 
> permanently?".
>     I don't think it will boot if I enable ACPI.
>4) Ran "Verify Disk Media" on SCSI ID #0: "Disk Verification Complete"
>What else could it possibly be? Are there any other diagnostics I can run?
>What do you think of the fact that this machine was booting Windows 2000 
>from the same
>SCSI drive prior to installing FreeBSD 6.2?
>In case it matters, all SCSI drives are IBM DNES-309170W ULTRA2-LVD.

One other thing that might be happening is if the geometry of the drive 
isn't allowing an extended translation because of the age of your hardware, 
you may need to keep the boot partition, that is the entire boot partition 
(not talking slices here) within the first 1024 cylinders.  In the 
partition tool in sysinstall you can change the display to show different 
units, and one of those will be cylinders.  The 1024 cylinder limit is from 
older BIOS translations and if the boot partition extended beyond 1024 the 
system will give that same error you are getting.

With older hardware you may need to use multiple partitions instead of 
slices.  You can have 4 partitons on a drive (4 is hardcoded in the 
partition table size and a location) so you can add additional partitions 
for swap and /usr if you want.  Any partitions you use for filesystems like 
/usr the boot manager will see and offer to boot them.  They won't boot of 
course.  Swap partitions are ignored by the boot manager.

Otherwise, I'd suspect it is a problem with the 6.2 you are using then.  If 
you try with a boot within the 1024 (I wouldn't push that to the limit I'd 
say try like 950 cylinders) then I would try an earlier version such as 6.1 
or 6.0.


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