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

Brodey Dover pcfxer at rogers.com
Tue Nov 25 13:12:57 PST 2008


Bill Leeper wrote:
> 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  
> up.
>
>
> 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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I was going to fdisk the drive manually but couldn't get to a prompt... 
I can do this sometime later this week or next week where I'll use the 
FreeBSD disks that I've got and do it that way.

Thanks for the replies so far!
Brodey


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