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    Installs fine, but won't boot.


    I've been trying to get FreeBSD to run on my Toshiba
    Satellite (m45 359). I tried a couple of times with
    version 6.0 and the install went fine, but the
    computer doesn't seem to recognize the drive as being
    bootable. (So I experimented with a couple different
    options: standard boot manager, bsd boot manager,
    setting the partition (yes, it's a primary) to
    bootable, even erasing the whole drive and allocating
    it to FreeBSD. Regardless of what I've tried, the boot
    sequence doesn't see a hardrive and skips it.

    Also tried 5.4, but that freezes on booting the
    install cd (probably just need to disable acpi) but I
    really don't want 5.4 anyways.

    Currently I'm writing this from ubuntu dapper (as a
    test) - install went smooth and grub loaded with no
    problem but I'd really prefer to get back to bsd.

    Thanks for anyway help or feedback.
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    Interesting problem you have there. At what point does it not boot? Does it even make it to the boot loader or is the bios that is not seeing it?
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    Thank you for replying


    Thanks for the reply - yes, the problem really is kind
    of strange.

    The computer never makes it to the boot loader. :-( I suspected the BIOS, but I have the boot order set for CDROM > HDD > LAN > FDD (or something to that regard.)

    Everytime I tried booting, the computer would just try
    connecting to the LAN (cdrom was empty, but that will
    boot first without any problems when a disc is in the
    drive).

    I really thought the BSD boot manager would have been
    recognized like grub or winxp's.
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    Well, it should be. Make sure that you have the latest bios and try setting the hard drive as the first boot device.
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    Make sure your hard drive is the primary boot and set to master (no reason why it wouldn't be, but who knows). Then make sure you're all updated and give it a whirl. Also, you can boot your BSD system on the HD after booting from a CD
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    Apologies for dredging up this old thread, but I just experienced this same problem. The PC is an off-business-lease Compaq Evo (P4 1.8GHz 512MB etc.) that I got from a local computer shop (they were practically giving them away). The install of 6.1FreeBSD went smooth, no errors, no warnings. The first boot from hard disk went like:
    Code:
    Attempting Boot From Hard Drive (C:)
    -
    int=0000000d  err=00000000  efl=00030246  eip=0000c9c7
    eax=00002020  ebx=00000001  ecx=00000200  edx=0000d6af
    esi=000008a6  edi=00014000  epb=0000150c  esp=000014da
    cs=f000  ds=ed03  es=ed03    fs=0000  gs=0000  ss=ed03
    cs:eip=0f 20 dd 81 e5 00 f0 0f-20 c2 0f 01 e0 a8 01 75
           08 80 e2 fe e8 53 ff eb-21 0f 20 e0 a9 30 00 75
    ss:esp=00 40 01 00 a6 08 00 00-0c 15 00 00 fa 14 00 00
           01 00 00 00 af d6 00 00-01 00 00 00 20 00 00 00
    BTX halted
    with the cursor blinking under the '-' in the second line. Setting the hard disk as the first boot device was the solution.

    My question is WHY (just trying to understand what happened)? I could not find any information on this in the Handbook or FAQs. Could someone possibly interpret the dump? Thanks,

    Ben N1NP

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