EFI boot not working

Dirk E cipher_nl at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 13 16:34:21 UTC 2015

Hi guys!

I'm trying to get EFI boot working by following the document: https://wiki.freebsd.org/UEFI

It roughly says:

gpart create -s gpt da0
gpart add -t efi -s 800K da0
gpart add -t freebsd-ufs da0
dd if=/boot/boot1.efifat of=/dev/da0p1
newfs /dev/da0p2

I did exactly that; except locate the second partition on a 1024K-boundary which the above command does not do. I used the /boot/boot1.efifat from FreeBSD 10.1 amd64.

I used RaWrite to create the USB stick. When booting my USB stick i get an error trying to read /boot/loader.conf, then it tries to load the kernel. It finds the kernel but yields errors when inflating the kernel.

Some of the error messages:
inflate: invalid code lengths set
invalid distance too far back
invalid distance code
inflate: invalid stored block lengths
readin failed. elf64_loadimage: read failed
inflate: invalid block type

The strange thing is that trying to boot (OK loader prompt) will yield a different error. I would expect getting the same error from the same input. It appears the error is randomly chosen from the above list. Maybe this is a clue?

I am using a preloaded mfsroot. I saw some recent commits to HEAD about addressing some issues. But i'm not sure this is the problem, since the loader cannot load /boot/loader.conf or even the kernel itself. So loading the mfsroot of about 10MB would probably not be the issue?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide assistance!

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