PowerApp 120/1550 Install problems

Minnesota Slinky mnslinky at gmail.com
Sun Mar 18 14:41:21 UTC 2007

On Mar 17, 2007, at 8:02 PM, Don Munyak wrote:

> On 3/17/07, Minnesota Slinky <mnslinky at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hey list,
>> I'm trying to install FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE on a Dell PowerApp 120
>> (1550) I just purchased.  The system claims to have an AIC 7899 SCSI
>> host adapter.  I've currently got a known-good 9GB Fujitsu hard disk
>> in the system, as ID 0.  During installation, the disk comes up as
>> da0.  After going through all the options for install, etc, I get an
>> error when it tries to write the file systems:
>> "Unable to find device node for /dev/da0s1b in /dev!" and mentions
>> that installation is aborting.  At first I thought it was a problem
>> with the SCSI backplane, but RHEL and Window 2000 Server both install
>> and operate without problems.
>> Thanks for your advice!
>> Eric Crist
> Don't know the answer, but have a suggestion.
> How about getting a live cd to boot from and then query /var/log for
> hardware spec's
> Don

Thanks for the answer Don, but I finally figured it out.  Apparently  
the drive I had wasn't negotiating the right speed with the  
backplane.  When I manually clocked it down, everything works great.

Eric F Crist
Secure Computing Networks

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