[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!

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