Can't load kernel, trying to install on a Dell R900.

tomasz dereszynski tomaszd at
Thu Feb 28 13:03:12 UTC 2008

Nicky Bulthuis wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm having 'a lot' of troubles installing FreeBSD on a new Dell R900
> from CD. Somehow it just doesn't seem to be able to load the kernel
> from the CD.
> The machine is turned on with the CD is inserted.
> It shows the message of the BTX Loader and then it stops with an error
> message:
> can't load 'kernel'
> At first i figured my CD was broken, so i used a different image.
> Still no dice, same error message. I've tried 6.2 (amd64), 6.3 (amd64)
> and 7.0 (amd64), sadly none of them work.
> I've disabled the internal CDrom drive and used an external USB CDrom
> drive. I figured, perhaps the internal cdrom drive is incompatible
> with FreeBSD. Sadly that also didn't work.
> Output from lsdev:
> cd devices:
>    cd0: Device 0x0
> disk devices:
>    disk0: Bios drive C:
> I've tried install CD from VMWare ESX server, which does boot up and
> can be installed. So the hardware does seem to work.
> Can anyone advice me on how to proceed in getting FreeBSD on the
> machine. Perhaps an alternative install method, or perhaps the Loader
> is not configured properly for the R900.
> Thanks in advance,
> Nicky
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hi there,
i would check bios settings and will try to find something about system
compatibility or somelike (not sure how is it called)

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