FreeBSD Boot

Ilya Kazakevich kazakevichilya at
Mon Mar 21 13:39:16 UTC 2011

You can use "fdisk -B" to install non-interactive boot manager. Or you can
use -t in boot0cfg to make timeout equals to zero.
If after it you STILL have "F1" -- you probably boot from another drive: not
da0 but da1. How many drives do you have? Check your BIOS settings to find
which drive you boot from.


On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 3:48 PM, Michael Klapheke <mklaphek at>wrote:

> Hi.  I know this subject has been addressed in other posts, but I cannot
> seem to get it to work.  I have inherited a FreeBSD server and I cannot get
> it to boot properly.  I read the articles on avoiding having to press the F1
> key, and I tried to follow the suggestions (note, my disks are labeled
> "da0s1" etc.  instead of "ad0") as in the following:
> boot0cfg -B -b /boot/boot0 /dev/da0
> or even
> fdisk -B -b /boot/boot0 /dev/da0
> Neither of these prevents the user from having to press the F1 key.
> I also read the tutorial on how FreeBSD boots, but I cannot find anything
> that helps.
> Any assistance is appreciated.
> Thanks
> Mike
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