problem booting FreeBSD 8-Beta4 on Soekris net5501

Graham Menhennitt graham at
Sat Sep 12 04:57:19 UTC 2009


I'm upgrading a Soekris net5501 from FreeBSD 7-Stable to 8-Beta4 (via
source). I've done a buildworld, buildkernel, and installkernel. When I
try to boot the new kernel, it stops very early on in the boot sequence.
The serial console shows:

/boot/kernel/kernel text=0x32f9f0 data=0x36374+0x1e580


Hit [Enter] to boot immediately, or any other key for command



The slash at the end is the first character of the spinner as it's
loading the kernel. It never shows the second character. I've tried two
different kernel configs - my own (from 7 modified to build with 8) and
aragon's from,-FreeBSD-8-td24544248.html
(with the line "options STOP_NMI" removed to get it to build). They both
do the same thing.

My loader.conf is the same as in 7:


My kernel config is below.

Does anybody have any clues please?

Thanks for any help,



options         CPU_GEODE
options         CPU_SOEKRIS

options         SCHED_ULE               # ULE scheduler
options         INET                    # InterNETworking
options         INET6                   # IPv6 communications protocols
options         SCTP                    # Stream Control Transmission
options         FFS                     # Berkeley Fast Filesystem
options         SOFTUPDATES             # Enable FFS soft updates support
options         NFSCLIENT               # Network Filesystem Client
options         NFSSERVER               # Network Filesystem Server
options         PROCFS                  # Process filesystem (requires
options         PSEUDOFS                # Pseudo-filesystem framework
options         COMPAT_FREEBSD7         # Compatible with FreeBSD7
options         SYSVSHM                 # SYSV-style shared memory
options         SYSVMSG                 # SYSV-style message queues
options         SYSVSEM                 # SYSV-style semaphores
options         _KPOSIX_PRIORITY_SCHEDULING # Posix P1003_1B real-time
options         IPFIREWALL
options         IPFIREWALL_VERBOSE
options         IPDIVERT
options         IPFIREWALL_NAT          # ipfw kernel nat support
options         LIBALIAS

device          pci

device          ata
device          atadisk         # ATA disk drives
options         ATA_STATIC_ID   # Static device numbering

device          scbus           # SCSI bus (required for SCSI)
device          da              # Direct Access (disks)
device          uart            # Generic UART driver

device          miibus          # MII bus support
device          vr              # VIA Rhine, Rhine II

device          wlan            # 802.11 support
device          wlan_ccmp       # 802.11 CCMP support
device          wlan_tkip       # 802.11 TKIP support
device          ath             # Atheros pci/cardbus NIC's
device          ath_hal         # pci/cardbus chip support
options         AH_SUPPORT_AR5416       # enable AR5416 tx/rx descriptors
device          ath_rate_sample # SampleRate tx rate control for ath
device          loop            # Network loopback
device          random          # Entropy device
device          ether           # Ethernet support
device          tap             # Ethernet tunnel.
device          tun             # Packet tunnel.
device          pty             # BSD-style compatibility pseudo ttys
device          md              # Memory "disks"
device          gif             # IPv6 and IPv4 tunneling
device          bpf             # Berkeley packet filter
device          uhci            # UHCI PCI->USB interface
device          ohci            # OHCI PCI->USB interface
device          ehci            # EHCI PCI->USB interface (USB 2.0)
device          usb             # USB Bus (required)
device          ulpt            # Printer
device          umass           # Disks/Mass storage - Requires scbus and da

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