system hangs on; "Probing devices, please wait (this can take a while)... "

Rich rl001 at
Tue Jul 20 01:11:55 UTC 2010

I couldn't find a live CD fro 8.0 Release. All I could find was at this site;

It's 4.6, is that useful? Anyway, it booted up to the login prompt without 
hanging. What does that tell us? Is there anything I can check with this disk or 
is there somewhere I can get the 8.0 live CD?

From: Polytropon <freebsd at>
To: Bruce Cran <bruce at>
Cc: freebsd-questions at; Rich <rl001 at>
Sent: Mon, July 19, 2010 4:34:18 PM
Subject: Re: system hangs on; "Probing devices, please wait (this can take a 
while)... "

On Tue, 20 Jul 2010 00:16:27 +0100, Bruce Cran <bruce at> wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Jul 2010 00:59:58 +0200
> Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
> > I would suggest to boot with the live system CD, e. g. of 8.0-RELEASE.
> > It should not launch sysinstall automatically (you can even boot the
> > CD into SUM), so you end up with a regular shell. First, check all
> > the kernel's output for things that look... strange... and maybe you
> > even decide to install the system without sysinstall (if THAT is
> > what's causing all the trouble).
> Unfortunately the LiveFS CD does run sysinstall by default - you need
> to go to the Fixit menu to get the shell.

Yes - that's what I intended to suggest. :-)

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