a new hard-drive in a 2y/o laptop

Chris Brennan xaero at xaerolimit.net
Thu Jan 6 22:39:40 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 8:11 AM, Ian Smith <smithi at nimnet.asn.au> wrote:

>  Adam, I think you may have missed a lot from the earlier messages in
> this thread.  Admittedly it's long and likely tedious, but trying to
> help somebody get the OS installed is about as basic as it gets for me;
> I'd be hugely relieved if someone with more / better clues took it on.
> We didn't get to try W)rite from the fdisk and label screens until long
> after all attempts at letting sysinstall deal with things had failed to
> even slice the disk, bombing on this error every time.  Chris' disk is
> brand new, nothing installed.  W)riting from sysinstall succeeded at
> least in creating ad4s1 in the MBR and writing the bootblocks to that
> slice.  I made it very clear this is not something to do without due
> care; in the circumstances there was absolutely nothing to be lost.
> And then the GPT issue, of which I was totally ignorant.  Fixed.
I agree, you seem to be lumping me into a generalization based on the

>   > If you google the error message in the OP, the first result is:
>  >
>  > http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=1675
I read this, while that PR Reporter claims the same error message, the
conditions in which s/he gets it _are not_ the same conditions in which I am
getting this.

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