[PC-BSD Testing] Unable to get Live PC-BSD to boot

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Mon Mar 22 06:52:52 PDT 2010

On 03/20/2010 14:40, Josh Paetzel wrote:
> Do the other machines you have used it on have more RAM?  Sounds like 
> /usr is failing to be mounted. If I recall correctly /usr is a ramdisk 
> on the new liveDVD.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Mar 20, 2010, at 1:34 PM, Normand Fisher <fishern at ncf.ca> wrote:
>> I am trying to get the Live PC-BSD (v8 rc2) to work on my pc without
>> success.
>> I have successfully used the same DVD copies (32-bit and 64-bit) on
>> other machines without problems.
>> Initially after choosing option 3 'Live CD' I was getting a message such
>> as: "FAILURE-READ-BIG HARDWARE ERROR asc=0x08 ascq=0x03" followed by a
>> message to type exit.  I changed the optical drive and it solved that
>> first problem.
>> However, I am not much further ahead as I now get "can't exec getty
>> '/usr/libexec/getty' on port ttyv1" (actually 1 to 5).
>> I downloaded and burned the most recent version this morning but it is
>> no different. Could it be that PCBSD does not support SATA (this is the
>> only thing I
>> found on the web but it was referring to PCBSD 6.1)?
>> I have also changed AHCI mode to IDE and I still face the same problem.
>> Surprisingly, if I try to load PC-BSD Live on a virtual machine
>> (VirtualBox), it does run but at a, as expected, very slow pace.
>> The pc is a:
>> CPU is AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (X86 family 15 Model 47 stepping 2
>> authenticAMD ~2200 Mhz)
>> BIOS is American Megatrends 080012, 12/27/2005
>> RAM is 768 MB
>> Searching the PC-BSD FAQ and googling failed to help me.
>> Any ideas where I should look for info?
>> Thanks
>> Normand
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If you boot the regular installer, and let it do the full-DVD integrity 
tests does that pass?

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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