Bootloader not working on Compaq Proliant ML330 G2

Jeremy Chadwick koitsu at
Sat Apr 5 11:28:29 UTC 2008

On Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 12:09:55AM +0200, Ján ?ebo?ík wrote:
> I`ve tried to install FreeBSD 7 on Compaq Proliant ML330 G2 server, but it 
> won`t boot. FreeBSD boot0 beeps after pressing F1, or F2 (got 2 partitions) 
> key. So i`ve installed grub on another machine, but than it says "Error 5" 
> only in Proliant, I don`t even get grub command prompt.

Please see the below thread.  Do not let the subject stop you from
reading it.

I still can't find a present-day RELENG_7 SNAPSHOT that I can tell
people to download.  There isn't one in the snapshots/200803/ directory
past March 14th, and the snapshots/2008/04/ directory only contains
snapshots for ia64 and powerpc.

I'm left to believe David Overton built his own ISO.  It sounds as if
you may have to do the same.

And I can't explain what GRUB is doing.

> HDD`s (2 x 250G) are connected to Parallel ATA on ServerWorks CSB5 
> controller (it`s not onboard controller). When I connected drives to onboad 
> controller they got some problem with DMA TIMEOUT.

Not enough information to help debug this, but DMA timeouts are a known
problem right now, regardless of controller:

Scott Long may be able to help track this problem down for you, but more
details are needed.

> PS: Is there any way how to debug Bootloader?

Debugging the bootstraps is an incredibly tedious process at this point.
No, it's not easy.

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