[PC-BSD Testing] Cannot boot PCBSD 9 (all versions) 64bit on GIGABYTE Motherboard

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Mon Jun 25 09:29:34 PDT 2012


On 06/07/2012 17:16, productnews at hvf.ch wrote:
> Has anyone experienced the same problems? Here is my problem descriptiuon.
>
> Problem Description
> -------------------
>
> I bought the system in November 2011 with one HD and one DVD R/W.
> I run this in a multi-boot configuration with Windows-7,
> Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid lynx), Debian (squeeze), PCBSD 9.0 (FreeBSD based).
> Everything worked fine.
>
> Last month I added a second HD (identical type to first HD).
> Installation details and variants follow.
> Windows-7, Ubuntu, and Debian worked as expected. But PCBSD does not
> start properly. I get the following display:
>
> BTX loader 1.00 BTX version is 1.02
> Console: internal video/keyboard
> BIOS drive C: is disk 0
> BIOS drive D: is disk 1
> |
>
> The vertical bar | shows usually the "spinner", a rapid
> sequence of | / - \ giving the user the impression ot a spinnign wheel,
> until the loader prompt is displayed and the boot process continues.
>
> In my case, the "spinner" does not spin, but remains quiet or advances
> a few times in a multi-second interval until coming to  complete stop.
> This behaviour is the same for all the different SCSI and BIOS
> configurations
> that I have tried.
> The same behaviour occurs for booting PCBSD from HD, from DVD, and from
> USB stick.
> In other words, PCBSD cannot be run nor (re)installed.
>
> I assume that it is the bootstrap loader that poses a problem.
>
> Question: what is the correct configuration (SATA, BIOS settings) that
> allows booting PCBSD from hard disk in presence of the DVD drive?
>
> Has anyone else had the same problem with a GIGABYTE motherboard?
>
> Hardware Configuration
> ----------------------
>
> Motherboard: GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3(rev. 1.0)
> BIOS version: F9
>
> CPU: Intel i5 2500K (3300) Quad Core
> CPU frequency: 3300 MHz
>
> Memory: 16 GB, Kingston DDR3-SDRAM 1333 MHz
>
> Harddisks: 2 Western Digital  WDC WD10EALX-009BA0 1 TB (SATA)
>
> CD/DVD R/W: iHAS124 (SATA)
>
> Graphics card: ASUS Nvidia GeForce ENGTX550 Ti DC DI
>
> Power Supply: 550 W
>
> BIOS Parameters (only the interesting ones)
> -------------------------------------------
>
> BIOS Version F9
> EFI CD/DVD boot option AUTO
> HDD SMART ENABLED
> PCH SATA control mode  AHCI
> SATA Port 0-3 native mode ENABLED
> GSATA3 controller ENABLED
>
> Peripheral Configurations and Results
> -------------------------------------
>
> Case  HD0      HD1       DVD       PCBSD boots        Results
>                                    from HD  from DVD
> -------------------------------------------------------------
>  1    SATA3_0            SATA3_1   yes      yes       original setup,
> worked in Jan.
>
>  2    SATA3_0  SATA3_2   SATA3_1   no       no
>
>
>  3    SATA3_0  SATA3_1   SATA3_2   no       no        swapped HD1, DVD
>
>  4    SATA3_0  SATA3_2   GSATA3_5  no       yes       DVD now on Marvell
> chip
>
>  5    SATA3_0  SATA3_2             no                 DVD SATA cable
> unplugged
>
>  6    SATA3_0  SATA3_2   GSATA3_5  no       no        GSATA3 controller
> DISABLED
>
>  7    SATA3_0            GSATA3_5  yes                USB mouse does not
> work ???
>
> PCI layout (in Linux representation, lspci)
> -------------------------------------------
>
> 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 0100 (rev 09)
> 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Sandy Bridge PCI Express Root Port
> (rev 09)
> 00:02.0 Display controller: Intel Corporation Device 0112 (rev 09)
> 00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Cougar Point HECI
> Controller #1 (rev 04)
> 00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Cougar Point USB Enhanced Host
> Controller #2 (rev 05)
> 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Cougar Point High Definition
> Audio Controller (rev 05)
> 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Cougar Point PCI Express Root Port
> 1 (rev b5)
> 00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev b5)
> 00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Cougar Point PCI Express Root Port
> 5 (rev b5)
> 00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Cougar Point PCI Express Root Port
> 6 (rev b5)
> 00:1c.6 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Cougar Point PCI Express Root Port
> 7 (rev b5)
> 00:1c.7 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Cougar Point PCI Express Root Port
> 8 (rev b5)
> 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Cougar Point USB Enhanced Host
> Controller #1 (rev 05)
> 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Device 1c44 (rev 05)
> 00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Cougar Point 6 port SATA AHCI
> Controller (rev 05)
> 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Cougar Point SMBus Controller (rev 05)
> 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 1244 (rev a1)
> 01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation Device 0bee (rev a1)
> 03:00.0 PCI bridge: Integrated Technology Express, Inc. Device 8892 (rev 30)
> 04:02.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306/7/8 [Fire
> II(M)] IEEE 1394 OHCI Controller (rev c0)
> 05:00.0 USB Controller: Device 1b6f:7023 (rev 01)
> 06:00.0 USB Controller: Device 1b6f:7023 (rev 01)07:00.0 Ethernet
> controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express
> Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)
> 08:00.0 SATA controller: Device 1b4b:9172 (rev 11)
>
> thanks you for your help
>
> Harald
>
>
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Can you re-test this in the latest snapshot? Does it still fail to boot
from DVD?

-- 
Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software
iXsystems



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