PATA disks/DVD not detected on ATI IXP 700 - cannot boot (dmesg attached)

Andriy Gapon avg at
Tue Sep 22 10:54:51 UTC 2009

on 21/09/2009 20:05 Ted Faber said the following:
> Thanks for getting back to me.  It does seem to be fixed in 8.0-RC1 (and
> thanks for that fix, too).  That is, 8.0-RC1 finds the drive, but...
> 8.0 (RELENG_8, from last night) doesn't seem to find the FBSD partitions
> on the drive.  It finds the drive and the BIOS partition (slice).  It
> fails on my old motherboard (not the one above) that boots 7.2-STABLE
> just fine.  It drops me into the menu to manually configure the root
> partition, but doesn't accept either the native device names for the
> root partition (/dev/ad0s1a) or a geom label (/dev/label/root).  The
> list of GEOM devices only includes ad0 and ad0s1.
> The disk isn't dangerously dedicated, but I only added geom labels to
> the partitions last night.  The glabels work fine under 7.2-STABLE, but
> RELENG_8 seems to ignore them.  I've attached output from fdisk,
> bsdlabel, and glabel in case I'm misinterpreting them.
> I've been waiting for a free moment to write a more complete report, but
> since I've got your attention...
> Any ideas?  I'll be able to run more diagnostics under 8.0 tonight.

This could be another of GEOM_PART_BSD vs GEOM_BSD issues.
I think this topic has been discussed several times recently on -current.

Andriy Gapon

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