FreeBSD 8.0 Booting Problem on ZV5320US Laptop

Richard DeLaurell richard.delaurell at
Fri Mar 19 22:30:23 UTC 2010

Are you able to get to the FreeBSD splash screen (where you get a countdown
to startup with a menu of 6 selections)?

One of the choices there is boot w/o ACPI; you could try that if you get
that far.

Good luck--


On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 11:55 AM, Anoop Kumar Narayanan
< at>wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 7:49 PM, Richard DeLaurell
> <richard.delaurell at> wrote:
> >>On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 8:20 AM, Anoop Kumar Narayanan <
> >>I have recently installed FreeBSD8.0 on my 5 year old HP laptop with
> >>absolute 0 battery backup (behaviour same when batter removed).
> >>Installation works fine but when I try to boot into FreeBSD I get to
> >>the BTX loader screen, after having made any selection and it pauses
> >>for about 15 secs and the computer suddenly powers down. I was able to
> >>boot into the system occasionally lets say about 1 in 5 boots. I am
> >>able to install and boot into Linux without any problem.
> >
> >
> > So then you are attempting to startup using a power adaptor (i.e. your
> > computer is plugged in to a wall socket)?
> Yes. I don't know if its a specific Athlon XP related problem as I did
> observe a similar post some years ago. And, Apparently its the same
> thing.
> In this case its the installation. In my case its after the installation.
> >
> > I had the reverse problem a while ago with Slackware shutting down in the
> > middle of installation onto a Toshiba laptop while FreeBSD has always
> been
> > no problem.
> >
> > My guess is that these issues reflect power management settings, perhaps
> > even something in the bios.
> Maybe its something in the BIOS, but the thing is that Linux boots
> fine on the machine. Maybe some driver is crashing and is causing a
> reboot of the machine. Are there any critical drivers in the system
> that can result in such a problem.
> >
> > Does this occur when you use the installation or boot-only disks?
> I can install it just fine, but can't seem to to boot into the
> installed version (Once its been installed).
> I did create the FreeBSD swap partition before the root file-system
> (and it still seems to label the root file-system as 'a'), Would this
> affect the system boot up in anyway ?
> >
> > Sorry this is not more help to you.
> >
> > Richard
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