March 14th, 2006, 11:56 AM
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.
March 16th, 2006, 11:09 AM
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?
March 17th, 2006, 07:09 AM
Thank you for replying
Thanks for the reply - yes, the problem really is kind
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
I really thought the BSD boot manager would have been
recognized like grub or winxp's.
March 17th, 2006, 12:02 PM
Well, it should be. Make sure that you have the latest bios and try setting the hard drive as the first boot device.
April 15th, 2006, 08:36 AM
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
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:
with the cursor blinking under the '-' in the second line. Setting the hard disk as the first boot device was the solution.
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
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,