[PC-BSD Testing] again: PCBSD 8.1 does not boot

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Wed Sep 8 12:53:50 PDT 2010


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On 09/08/2010 15:33, Productnews wrote:
> Dear all
> 
> I have asked this before (Aug 6, 2010), but got no help yet.
> How can I install the correct boot blocks on disk ad6 (slice 3 is PCBSD
> 8.1) without redoing the whole installation? What would be the correct
> choice during installation, keeping in mind that I also have Linux and
> DesktopBSD on the same disk (Linux and DesktopBSD boot without problem)?
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Harald
> UNIX fossile
> 
> my earlier message:
> 
>> I have a desktop system with 4 SATA disks, ad4, ad5, ad6, ad7, running
>> FreeBSD 8.0, DesktopBSD, Ubuntu 8.10, and I have installed PCBSD 8.0 and
>> 8.1.
>> The PCBSD 8.1 installation is fresh from today (using the USB stick
>> image). The slice ad6s3 was made by fdisk on Linux, the partitions
>> within this slice are default partitions as suggested by the PCBSD
>> install wizard. I also had the PCBSD boot manager installed and use
>> UFS+S file systems.
>>
>> Here are the slices I use:
>>
>> ad4s1        Linux boot   (200M)
>> ad4s2        PCBSD 8.0    (40G)
>> ad4s3        FreeBSD 8.0  (40G)
>>
>> ad6s1        Linux boot   (200M)
>> ad6s2        DesktopBSD (7.2 based)  (20G)
>> ad6s3        PCBSD 8.1    (40G)
>>
>> the other disks and slices are used as Linux mirrors and are not
>> relevant here.
>>
>> I use Linux grub as boot manager. Here are the entries for the various
> BSDs:
>>
>> 1. FreeBSD 8.0
>> title       FreeBSD 8.0 on (hd0,2,a) ad4s3
>> root        (hd0,2,a)
>> kernel      /boot/loader
>>
>> Status: this works
>>
>> 2. DesktopBSD
>> title       DesktopBSD on (hd2,1,a) ad6s2
>> root        (hd2,1,a)
>> kernel      /boot/loader
>>
>> Status: this works
>>
>> 3a. PCBSD 8.1 first variant
>>
>> title       PCBSD 8.1 on (hd2,2) ad6s3
>> rootnoverify (hd2,2)
>> chainloader +1
>>
>> Status: system reboots immediately
>>
>> 3b. PCBSD 8.1 second variant
>> title       PCBSD 8.1 on (hd2,2,a) ad6s3
>> rootnoverify (hd2,2,a)
>> chainloader +1
>>
>> Status: I see the FreeBSD menu:
>> F1  ?
>> F2  FreeBSD
>> F3  FreeBSD
>> F5  Drive 4
>> F6  PXE
>>
>> when I choose F3 for PCBSD 8.1, the system "does nothing" (i.e. loops),
>> and with ctl-alt-del I reboot the system.
>>
>> 3c. PCBSD 8.1 third variant: I tried the same procedure as FreeBSD and
>> DesktopBSD use:
>> title       PCBSD 8.1 on (hd2,2,a) ad6s3
>> root        (hd2,2,a)
>> kernel      /boot/loader
>>
>> Status: after the root command, it says
>> root        (hd2,2,a)
>>     Filesystem type unknown,
>>     partition type 0xa5
>> kernel      /boot/loader
>>     Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition
>>     Press any key to continue
>>
>> and pressing the any key brings me back to the boot menu
>>
>> The same status messages apply to PCBSD 8.0
>>
>> How can I boot PCBSD? I might add that method 3a works perfectly well on
>> my laptop with an external USB disk.
>>
>> Thanks and regards
>>
>> Harald
>>
>>
>>
> 
> 
> 


Whats the actual file-system layout look like for ad6s3? Does this have
ZFS, or any non-standard file-systems setup? I'm wondering if its using
the wrong loader, if it is ZFS on root or some such layout.


- -- 
Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software
iXsystems
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