trouble booting 5.4 installation media (repost)

dave dmehler26 at
Fri May 27 02:30:59 PDT 2005

    Didn't get a response so i'm going to try this again. I'm trying to do a
fresh install of 5.4 on a test machine, which previously ran 5.3 just fine.
I'm doing the install via a serial terminal as this box is headless and off
of an nfs server which i've also prepared identically to 5.3. I have made
the three floppies, boot.flp and the two kern*.flp disks, then mounted
boot.flp and created a boot.config file on it with "-h" so i get output on
serial port1. All this works fine, i am prompted to switch disks to the two
kern* disks, again no problems. When i put in boot.flp after being prompted
after kern2.flp i get a repeating error, which is below from sysinstall and
the process goes no further. At first i thought it was a problem with the
downloaded iso image, so i checked the md5 signatures, they matched, then i
rewrote the floppy in question, on 4 different disks with the same result.
Any help appreciated.

Uncompressing ... done
                      Console: serial port
BIOS drive A: is disk0
BIOS drive C: is disk1
BIOS drive D: is disk2
BIOS 638kB/392192kB available memory

FreeBSD/i386 bootstrap loader, Revision 1.1
(root at, Sun May  8 05:59:07 UTC 2005)
Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf
/kernel text=0x444168 \
Insert disk labelled "Kernel floppy 1" and press any key...
Insert disk labelled "Kernel floppy 2" and press any key...
data=0x7d5c8+0x4fc78 syms=[0x4+0x5b390+0x4+0x706c9]
Insert boot floppy and press Enter
/acpi.ko text=0x414fc data=0x1dc4+0x112c syms=[0x4+0x7670+0x4+0x9d05]
zf_read: fill error
Copyright (c) 1992-2005 The FreeBSD Project.
Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
        The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE #0: Sun May  8 10:21:06 UTC 2005
    root at
Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
CPU: Pentium II/Pentium II Xeon/Celeron (397.33-MHz 686-class CPU)
  Origin = "GenuineIntel"  Id = 0x652  Stepping = 2

real memory  = 402653184 (384 MB)
avail memory = 380243968 (362 MB)
    ACPI-0159: *** Error: AcpiLoadTables: Could not get RSDP,
    ACPI-0213: *** Error: AcpiLoadTables: Could not load tables:
ACPI: table load failed: AE_NO_ACPI_TABLES
npx0: <math processor> on motherboard
npx0: INT 16 interface
cpu0 on motherboard
pcib0: <Intel 82443BX (440 BX) host to PCI bridge> pcibus 0 on motherboard
pir0: <PCI Interrupt Routing Table: 8 Entries> on motherboard
pci0: <PCI bus> on pcib0
agp0: <Intel 82443BX (440 BX) host to PCI bridge> mem 0xf8000000-0xfbffffff
at device 0.0 on pci0
pcib1: <PCIBIOS PCI-PCI bridge> at device 1.0 on pci0
pci1: <PCI bus> on pcib1
pci1: <display, VGA> at device 0.0 (no driver attached)
isab0: <PCI-ISA bridge> at device 4.0 on pci0
isa0: <ISA bus> on isab0
atapci0: <Intel PIIX4 UDMA33 controller> port
0xfcd0-0xfcdf,0x376,0x170-0x177,0x3f6,0x1f0-0x1f7 at device 4.1 on pci0
ata0: channel #0 on atapci0
ata1: channel #1 on atapci0
uhci0: <Intel 82371AB/EB (PIIX4) USB controller> port 0xfce0-0xfcff irq 11
at device 4.2 on pci0
usb0: <Intel 82371AB/EB (PIIX4) USB controller> on uhci0
usb0: USB revision 1.0
uhub0: Intel UHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1
uhub0: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
pci0: <bridge> at device 4.3 (no driver attached)
ed0: <NE2000 PCI Ethernet (ProLAN)> port 0xf8e0-0xf8ff irq 3 at device 13.0
on pci0
ed0: Ethernet address: 00:20:78:1a:5d:ab
ed0: if_start running deferred for Giant
ed0: type NE2000 (16 bit)
rl0: <RealTek 8139 10/100BaseTX> port 0xf400-0xf4ff mem
0xfedffc00-0xfedffcff irq 10 at device 14.0 on pci0
miibus0: <MII bus> on rl0
rlphy0: <RealTek internal media interface> on miibus0
rlphy0:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
rl0: Ethernet address: 00:e0:7d:d9:a1:58
orm0: <ISA Option ROM> at iomem 0xc0000-0xc7fff on isa0
pmtimer0 on isa0
atkbdc0: <Keyboard controller (i8042)> at port 0x64,0x60 on isa0
fdc0: <Enhanced floppy controller> at port 0x3f0-0x3f5 irq 6 drq 2 on isa0
fd0: <1440-KB 3.5" drive> on fdc0 drive 0
ppc0: <Parallel port> at port 0x378-0x37f irq 7 on isa0
ppc0: SMC-like chipset (ECP/EPP/PS2/NIBBLE) in COMPATIBLE mode
ppc0: FIFO with 16/16/8 bytes threshold
ppbus0: <Parallel port bus> on ppc0
plip0: <PLIP network interface> on ppbus0
lpt0: <Printer> on ppbus0
lpt0: Interrupt-driven port
ppi0: <Parallel I/O> on ppbus0
sc0: <System console> at flags 0x100 on isa0
sc0: VGA <16 virtual consoles, flags=0x100>
sio0 at port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4 flags 0x10 on isa0
sio0: type 16550A, console
sio1: configured irq 3 not in bitmap of probed irqs 0
sio1: port may not be enabled
vga0: <Generic ISA VGA> at port 0x3c0-0x3df iomem 0xa0000-0xbffff on isa0
unknown: <PNP0303> can't assign resources (port)
unknown: <PNP0c02> can't assign resources (port)
unknown: <PNP0501> can't assign resources (port)
unknown: <PNP0401> can't assign resources (port)
unknown: <PNP0700> can't assign resources (port)
uhid0: American Power Conversion Back-UPS RS 1500 FW:8.g8 .D USB FW:g8, rev
1.10/1.06, addr 2, iclass 3/0
Timecounter "TSC" frequency 397331331 Hz quality 800
Timecounters tick every 10.000 msec
md0: Preloaded image </mfsroot> 3719168 bytes at 0xc0a34270
ad0: 4104MB <QUANTUM FIREBALL EX4.3A/A0A.0300> [8895/15/63] at ata0-master
ad2: 4028MB <QUANTUM FIREBALL EX4.2A/A0A.0400> [8184/16/63] at ata1-master
Mounting root from ufs:/dev/md0
spec_getpages:(md0) I/O read failure: (error=5) bp 0xc94fb9ec vp 0xc1d42d68
               size: 36864, resid: 36864, a_count: 36864, valid: 0x0
               nread: 0, reqpage: 0, pindex: 459, pcount: 9
vm_fault: pager read error, pid 1 (sysinstall)
spec_getpages:(md0) I/O read failure: (error=5) bp 0xc94fb9ec vp 0xc1d42d68
               size: 36864, resid: 36864, a_count: 36864, valid: 0x0
               nread: 0, reqpage: 0, pindex: 459, pcount: 9

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