[PC-BSD Testing] PCBSD DVD 7.0.1 amd64 will not install

Bill Leeper protagonist at charter.net
Tue Nov 25 17:28:51 PST 2008

Have you tried formatting the free space as a primary partition and  
then installing PC-BSD? I know there is still a bug in the installer  
that will see the free space on a drive the first time, but if you  
click off the drive and come back to it the free space no longer show  

On Nov 25, 2008, at 4:20 PM, Arthur wrote:

>> I have found some time to install 7.0.1 on my parent's machine  
>> however,
>> I couldn't get past even the install with the amd64 version. The  
>> issue
>> is that the installer is unable to copy files to the "prepared"  
>> disk and
>> outputs /stuff/to/be/copied: Seek failed, invalid option.
>> Thinking that the error may be with my disk, I extracted the  
>> necessary
>> netinstall files to my webserver. The same error resulted which meant
>> that if I tried, say, my 7.0 i386 disk and that worked, the culprit  
>> is
>> obvious. I am installing the 386 version and all is well...so
>> far...*knock on wood*.
>> I also noticed little to no HD LED activity during the "fdisk /dev/ 
>> ad0x"
>> part. Furthermore, when I Ctrl+Alt+1 to hit the prompt I saw a TON of
>> /:filesystem is full which I presume means that the creation of root
>> failed. Should I also mention that ACPI disabled and Safe mode  
>> froze up
>> when trying to mount root on /dev/md0?
>> Phew!
> Kris,
> I was sitting here looking at this wondering if it is maybe one of  
> those things
> where an OEM puts on of those hidden boot partitions (recovery  
> partition?) at
> the beginning of the disk and the boot sector is really there but  
> being passed
> to or allowed to boot on the primary visible partition? When doing a
> clean install
> and choosing "Use Entire Disk", does it wipe and blow away anything  
> from the
> 1st sector to the last? If the disk is not genuinely bad or has bad  
> sectors,
> would that logically trip up the installer? Is it smart enough to see
> one of these
> hidden partitions? Just some thoughts.
> Arthur
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