[PC-BSD Testing] Important Notice for PC-BSD 9.1 32bit users

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Mon Apr 8 12:46:59 PDT 2013

Important Notice for PC-BSD 9.1 32bit users

A number of PC-BSD 32bit users have reported problems booting their
systems after applying the latest FreeBSD update patches. We have found
the problem and will have a bugfix issued shortly. Once this bugfix is
issued, you may then continue re-applying FreeBSD updates. If this has
affected your system, you can fix it manually following the directions

NOTE: At this time it *only* seems to be hitting users of 9.1-Release on
32bit / i386.

Fixing the problem
If your system has run into this issue, and can no longer boot, you can
fix it with the following steps:

1. Boot your 9.1-Release DVD / USB media to the installation screen

2. Right-click on the desktop to open "xterm"

3. Mount your PC-BSD partition:

   # mount /dev/ada0s1a /mnt
   (Replace "ada0s1" with the disk name / partition number)

4. Copy the original /boot/loader file
   # cp /mnt/boot/loader.old /mnt/boot/loader

5. Unmount and reboot

   # umount /mnt
   # shutdown -r now

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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