[PC-BSD Support] Fwd: unable to boot into pcbsd [no matter what !!! ]

Bret Busby bret.busby at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 00:29:50 PDT 2012


Forwarded to the list, as unfortunately, the Reply did not default to the list.

-- 
Bret Busby
Armadale
West Australia
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"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
 "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
 A Trilogy In Four Parts",
 written by Douglas Adams,
 published by Pan Books, 1992

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:28:12 +0800
Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Support] unable to boot into pcbsd [no matter what !!! ]
To: Clark Mankin <clark at clarkmankin.com>

On 26/07/2012, Clark Mankin <clark at clarkmankin.com> wrote:
> I have been desperately trying to escape from the Gates Automatic
> Operating System [GAOS] with no success.  You see, I cannot install
> PCBSD for the simple reason that I am not able to make it boot on my
> equipment,
> A brand new Acer AMD Quad Core with the Windoze 7 virus preinstalled,
> and a nearly worthless system BIOS that simply disregards user
> selections regarding what to boot and in what order.  If the "trusted
> boot" specification
> in Windoze 8 is more annoying than this, I hope someone has the decency
> to sue them under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.  Your boot loader is
> unceremoniously disregarded during those rare moments in which the BIOS
> actually
> does what I have asked it to do.  I have a "striped RAID" that utterly
> destroys a 500GB hard drive to house a <3GB operating system.  IF I
> could get PCBSD to boot and IF it appears that the hardware would run
> serendipitously,
> my primal instinct to format the drive and expunge the accursed GAOS
> would be difficult to suppress.
>
> At some point perhaps your team can take an AM3407G-UW10P Acer and try
> to determine why it is that this system is listening to a hard drive in
> primal mode.  My understanding of the boot sequence is that our hardware
> does
> not yet know what precisely it is, or how to proceed.  This does not
> appear to be the case.  In fact, the hardware not only knows what it is,
> but it also understands that an "alien" operating system is trying to
> boot up and furthermore
> unless my carefully attentive monitoring is substantially in error, the
> BIOS appears to make a choice to boot the GAOS partition even when I
> have instructed it to boot *anything* except the hard drive first.  The
> days of "hey, why don't we
> just disable the hard drive from the boot sequence?" appear to be over.
> No such option exists [Acer likely will not see another purchase from
> me.]
>
> Folks, it's a real problem and one that requires a solution before the
> GAOS Gang simply locks you out.  If an aggrieved consumer files suit
> under the Anti-Trust Act, DOJ will take 7-10 years. We need a viable
> solution faster than the
> United States District Court is able to proceed.  I wish I could tell
> you *how* your boot loader is prevented from running; unfortunately I
> cannot provide much useful information.  You may, however, rest assured
> that I am no silly
> incompetent.  I have tried for 90 days and not once have I been able to
> boot into PCBSD on this brand new platform.  I can barely get Ubuntu to
> boot from a live DVD. Microsoft apparently sees PCBSD as the only real
> competition
> and has issued some "no way in hell" instructions.  No way!  That's how
> your fancy operating system runs on my brand new platform.
>

Being so upset with MS Windows, why do you not simply use Ubuntu, or
Debian (I am a Debian user) to format the whole of the hard drive, and
then install PC-BSD as the sole operating system on the computer?

I had installed PC-BSD 9 on an HP-NX5000, but could not get it found
by GRUB (that laptop now has also Debian 5 and 6 installed, but their
GRUB's could not find PC-BSD, so it is invisible), and I could not get
a solution to the problem, but, perhaps, if you installed PC-BSD 9 as
a sole operating system on the computer (I think it would be worth
checking for hardware compatibility for the whole of the computer,
first), it might work, and, boot, without problems?

-- 
Bret Busby
Armadale
West Australia
..............

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
 "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
 A Trilogy In Four Parts",
 written by Douglas Adams,
 published by Pan Books, 1992

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