Installation woes with 6.2 release

Kurt Buff kurt.buff at
Tue Jul 10 00:47:15 UTC 2007

On 7/9/07, Derek Ragona <derek at> wrote:
>  At 04:20 PM 7/9/2007, Kurt Buff wrote:
> On 7/9/07, Derek Ragona <derek at> wrote:
>   At 03:43 PM 7/9/2007, Kurt Buff wrote:
>  I've got a machine with 2GB of RAM, onto which I can install Windows
>   XP with no issues.
>   However, FreeBSD 6.2 Release is giving me fits on this machine. If any
>   of you have insight, I'd surely appreciate you sharing
>   The motherboard is an Intel D645 GEBV2. I've tried a couple of
>   different disk arrangements, with no success.
>   I've installed an IDE WD 180GB drive, which the motherboard BIOS
>   detects just fine. When I boot from disk 1 for the FreeBSD install, it
>   detects no hard drive.
>   I've put in an Addonics ADSA2 PCI SATA card, which sports the SiL
>   1352A chipset, but the install blows up when installing to a 74GB
>   Seagate drive - the kernel panics and it reboots while copying files
>   to disk.
>   Has anyone run into these problems? Google hasn't been particularly my
>   friend on this one.
>   I've tried reading the install docs on the CD, with no particular
>   luck, but I could be missing something.
>   Clearly you have a disk controller compatibility problem.  I do know the
>  Sil chips are terrible, and there is a long history of issues with these
>  chips and FreeBSD!
>   Can you find a regular IDE drive to plug into that motherboard?
>           -Derek
>  Plugging an IDE drive into the motherboard is the first thing I did -
>  that's the case above where FreeBSD didn't see *any* HD. That's the
>  one that really fries my brain, because the motherboard BIOS detects
>  it correctly, and XP installs to it just fine.
>  Any possibility the IDE master/slave jumper is not set right on that drive?
>  On some intel MB's it takes a reboot into setup so that setup see's the
> hard drive, then check that it has that hard drive in the boot order.  I
> know this seems a bit simple, but just trying to check all possibilities.
> I've never seen a problem with a standard IDE drive installation.  After you
> had XP on the drive did you reformat the drive to clear it out?
>          -Derek

I think I'll go beat my lackey again.

He was supposed to remove the jumper, and didn't do it.

I took it off, and it's installing happily to the IDE drive.

I'm gonna bag the SATA for now.

Thanks for your help,


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