Cant boot 9-RELEASE on Intel L440GX+ based system

jb jb.1234abcd at
Wed Aug 1 20:08:33 UTC 2012

Sergey Listopad <psychosensor <at>> writes:

> Hi.
> I try to boot topic on retro dual PIII Intel L440GX+ based system. It
> is onboard AIC-7896 SCSI controller with 1 COMPAQ HDD. CDROM is IDE.
> When I try boot from installation CD, boot stuck on
> CD Loader 1.2
> ...
> BTX loader 1.00 BTX version is 1.02
> Consoles: internal video/keyboard
> BIOS CD is cd0
> BIOS drive A: is disk0
> If I remove HDD, system (/boot/loader) boot from CD just fine. Then I
> insert HDD (hotswap) and able to install on it. But after reboot (with
> installation CD disk removed from drive) system unable to boot. And
> stuck on the same place, after
> ...
> BIOS drive A: is disk0
> Maybe anybody can help me to resolve this issue. I can post any
> additional information which may be helpful.
> Thanx.

If FreeBSD boot loader can not find a root partition (slice), you can help
with a boot parameter, for example

After booting, verify and update /etc/fstab, otherwise add it to
/boot/loader.conf .

Also, the FreeBSD boot slice must be marked as bootable ("active").

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