Problem booting from memory-stick with ASUS A7V-133 at at
Tue Jul 24 18:08:12 UTC 2007

Hi all,

hope this is the right list.

I have a problem with booting from a 128MB USB-memory-stick with the ASUS A7V-133 motherboard. I downloaded the boot-floppy-image"boot.flp" (version 6.2) from the FreeBSD-FTP-server and "dd"-ed it to a memory stick. Booting from this stick works fine with every other computer I have (a notebook and a newer workstation also with an ASUS-board). But trying to boot from the stick with the A7V gives me the following output:

<------------------------- 8< ------------------------------->
Not ufs
Not ufs
No /boot/loader
FreeBSD/i386 boot
Default: 0:fd(0,a)/boot/kernel/kernel
Not ufs
No /boot/kernel/kernel
<------------------------- 8< ------------------------------->

So it seems to me that the BIOS reads the first sector of the memory-stick (the MBR) executes the code but then the bootloader seems to have problems with the drive geometry or something like this. So does anybody on this list have had similar problems or can give me a hint what to do to solve this problem?

BTW: I know that the used floppy-image is just for installation and I'm not able to boot a fully running system from it. But it seems to me the best/fastest way to test whether booting from the stick works or not.

Thanks a lot in advance
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