loader on Dell INSPIRON 1501: BTX halted

Torfinn Ingolfsen torfinn.ingolfsen at broadpark.no
Fri Nov 9 14:19:27 PST 2007

On Fri, 26 Oct 2007 19:51:51 +0300
Kostik Belousov <kostikbel at gmail.com> wrote:

> Take patch from
> http://people.freebsd.org/~kib/realbtx
> (rev. 2). The new loader is at the same location, but it seems that I
> did not saved new boot2. You need to install both boot block and
> loader obtained from the build with the realbtx patch applied, to you
> USB HDD drive.

Just for fun, I tested this patch on an Acer Aspire 5672AWLMi laptop.
(See this page[1] for my adventures with this laptop.)
This laptop doesn't say "BTX halted", it just scrolls a lot of text
(register dumps?) across the screen forever.

 I did:
cd /usr/src/sys
patch < ../.../realbtx.2.patch
cd boot/i386

Then I copied the files to the usb hdd (da0) with
boot0cfg -B -b /usr/obj/usr/src/sys/boot/i386/boot0/boot0 da0
mount /dev/da0s1a /mnt
cp -v /usr/obj/usr/src/sys/boot/i386/loader/loader /mnt/boot

Is this the correct way to do it?

Then I unmounted the disk and tried to boot it.
Unfortunately, nothing changed. When booted (from usb hdd) the laptop
still scrolls text across the screen forever. I have to turn it off
with the power button.

Should this patch work on my laptop?

1) http://tingox.googlepages.com/aceraspireas5672andfreebsd
Torfinn Ingolfsen

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