FreeBSD-6.1 bootup hangs after power failure

Tek Bahadur Limbu teklimbu at
Mon Jul 16 16:05:49 UTC 2007

Nikola Lecic wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Jul 2007 11:57:44 +0545
> Tek Bahadur Limbu <teklimbu at> wrote:
>> Nikola Lecic wrote:
>>> On Sat, 14 Jul 2007 00:32:54 +0545
>>> Tek Bahadur Limbu <teklimbu at> wrote:
>>>> Hi All,
>>>> Due to a power outage, my FreeBSD-6.1 (i386) machine got rebooted. 
>>>> However, upon reboot right after the initial startup menu, it
>>>> simply hangs.
>>>> I tried rebooting the machine several times but in vain.
>>>> My Bios detects my hard drive. Also since I get the initial
>>>> startup menu, something must be wrong or corrupted in the Boot
>>>> loader.
>>>> Can somebody point me or give me any hints about fixing this
>>>> problem. I have really some information in my hard drive which I
>>>> want to keep or restore.
>>> Hello Tek,
>>> The first thing I'd do is to download FreeSBIE (if you already don't
>>> have it), boot from it and do some initial inspection of the main
>>> drive.
>>> Then you will probably collect some more data about status of file
>>> systems etc. that will allow people from this list to share with you
>>> much more useful advices than it's possible at the moment.
>> Hi Nikola,
>> I just finished downloading FreeSBIE and when I tried to boot it, I
>> get the following errors:
>> CD Loader 1.2
>> Building the boot loader arguments
>> Looking up /BOOT/LOADER...  Found
>> Read Error: 0x10
>> Could not find Primary Volume Descriptor
>> Does this mean that my hard drive is dead and gone?
> No, this message is not about your hard drive. This means that live-CD
> doesn't like your hardware (maybe a bit older if such an error appears),
> or actually something much simpler:
> ... Have you checked the MD5 sum of the downloaded image? This error can
> also be caused by one funny thing: what burning speed you used to burn
> FreeSBIE? Check MD5 sum and burn it again at <=4x. This can help :)

Hi Nikola,

Oh!. I burned it at 32x!!! I guess I have to burn it at 4x and used it 

I will give the live CD any try.

> If you still can't start FreeSBIE, then try any other live-CD or maybe
> gparted ( which can copy/paste
> partitions to another hard-drive -- to save your data if possible
> before you continue trying to rescue the whole system.
> Nikola Lečić
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With best regards and good wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Tek Bahadur Limbu

(TAG/TDG Group)
Jwl Systems Department

Worldlink Communications Pvt. Ltd.

Jawalakhel, Nepal

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