FreeBSD-10.2-RELEASE-amd64-memstick -- fresh install not booting

David Christensen dpchrist at
Tue Mar 1 07:56:10 UTC 2016


I'm a FreeBSD noob attempting to install:


On this computer:

1.  Intel DQ67SW motherboard

2.  Intel Core i7-2600S processor

3.  2 @ Corsair CMV8GX3M2A1333C9 memory modules (8 GB total)

4.  Samsung SSD UM410 series 16 GB

5.  LG WH14NS40K BD-RW drive

Using these choices:

	FreeBSD Installer		Install
	Keymap Selection		Continue with default keymap
	Set Hostname
	Distribution Selection		ports, src
	Partitioning			Auto (ZFS)
	    ZFS Configuration
		Pool Type/Disks		stripe: 0 disks
		Pool Name		zroot
		Force 4K Sectors	YES
		Encrypt disks		YES
		Partitioning Scheme	GPT
		Swap Size		2g
		Mirror Swap		NO
		Encrypt Swap		YES
	    Virtual Device Type		Stripe
	    (devices)			ada0
	    Encryption passphrase	********
	Root password			********
	Network Configuration
	    interface			em0
	    IPv4			Yes
		DHCP			Yes
	    IPv6			No
		IPv4 DNS #2		<none>
	CMOS clock set to UTC		Yes
	Time Zone
	    Region			America
	    Country			United States
	    Zone			Pacific Time
	Services started at boot	sshd, ntpd, powerd, dumpdev
	Add users			Yes
	    Username			notroot
	    Full name			notroot
	    Uid				<default>
	    Login group			<default>
	    Other groups		<none>
	    Login class			<default>
	    Shell			<sh>
	    Home directory		/home/notroot
	    Home directory permissions	<default>
	    Password-based authentication Yes
	    Empty password		No
	    Random password		No
	    Password			********
	    Lock out			No
	Final Configuration		Exit
	Open shell			No
	Complete			Reboot

I believe the machine is EFI/ UEFI capable, but I run it in BIOS mode.

When I boot the machine, it attempts to network boot -- e.g. the BIOS 
can't find (or use) a bootable disk partition.  I have confirmed that 
the BIOS setup is configured to boot in the order optical, HDD, 
removable, network.

When I look at the HDD using Debian GNU/Linux 7:

     # fdisk -l /dev/sda

     WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The 
util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

     Disk /dev/sda: 16.0 GB, 16013942784 bytes
     256 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1939 cylinders, total 31277232 sectors
     Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
     Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
     I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
     Disk identifier: 0x00000000

        Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
     /dev/sda1               1    31277231    15638615+  ee  GPT

     # parted /dev/sda u s p free
     Model: ATA SAMSUNG SSD UM41 (scsi)
     Disk /dev/sda: 31277232s
     Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
     Partition Table: gpt

     Number  Start      End        Size       File system  Name      Flags
             34s        39s        6s         Free Space
      1      40s        1063s      1024s                   gptboot0
             1064s      2047s      984s       Free Space
      2      2048s      4196351s   4194304s   zfs          boot0
      3      4196352s   8390655s   4194304s                swap0
      4      8390656s   31277055s  22886400s               zfs0
             31277056s  31277198s  143s       Free Space

I assume the FreeBSD installer put a protective MBR partition table on 
the disk.  Note that fdisk reports that the boot bit is not set on the 
first and only partition.

Any suggestions?


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