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Old 11-27-2003, 02:56 AM   #1
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The FreeBSD Installer is not detecting my Hard Drive.


Everytime I try to install FreeBSD, after the Visual configuration screen, the kernel gets to the point where it detects my HDD, it detects the first one okay. But when it tries to second HDD, it states something like, "Timeout detecting resetting" on the next line it states, "Resetting devices." And then it just hangs there doing nothing else. And I hard to use my computer reset button to reboot the machine.

I got one 80GB HDD as master and one 40GB HDD as slave. They're both from Western Digital. Any help is appreciated.
 
Old 11-29-2003, 07:11 PM   #2
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No one knows an answer to my question? I guess I can always download an older version of FreeBSD.
 
Old 11-29-2003, 07:20 PM   #3
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Do you need to use the second drive for FreeBSD? You could always disable it from the BIOS and try running the install that way. You should be able to turn the second drive back on in the BIOS after FreeBSD is installed and everything should be fine.
 
Old 11-29-2003, 07:25 PM   #4
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I can try that later, as I am downloading 4.8 (been trying 4.9) release. And compiling the latest vanilla (2.4.23) kernel for my Linux installation.
 
Old 11-29-2003, 07:43 PM   #5
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Why would you try an OLDER version of FreeBSD??? 4.9 is stable, there's no reason to use 4.8 now. If you feel that there is some proprietary technology being used on the second drive that is newer than the drivers included with 4.9, then you could try FreeBSD 5.1 which is the development version.
 
Old 11-29-2003, 11:19 PM   #6
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Hmm, I installed FreeBSD on the second drive successfully doing what you suggested, but when I turned the settings back to what they were, it freezes at the samr place when booting the system.

HELP
 
Old 11-29-2003, 11:51 PM   #7
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Are you even sure the other drive is any good? Is anything installed on it, and can any other OSs see it? As a work-around, you could always take the step of disabling the problem drive if you want to boot into FreeBSD. If you boot to some other OS you can change the BIOS prior to booting.

Are both drives on the same IDE controller, or different? What are the actual jumper settings on the drive? Are the hard set to master/slave, or are they set to cable select? If they're cable select, try setting the jumpers to what the drives actually are.

If they're on different IDE controllers, perhaps one of your IDE controllers is bad? If they're on the same IDE controller, perhaps the cable is bad?
 
Old 11-30-2003, 12:41 AM   #8
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They are on the same cable. Other Operating Systems can Read and write to it fine. The Jumper settings are Master/Slave.

I'll try to use a different cable later and see if that resolves the error.

It (FreeBSD) can detect the first HDD just fine, it freezes on the second HDD. I scanned the drive on Windows (when it had a NTFS partition), and it came up a-ok.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 12:49 AM   #9
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Well I have to admit I'm pretty puzzled... It's not a special drive, like serial ATA or connected to a RAID controller? Grasping at straws... Maybe it just doesn't spin up fast enough for FreeBSD and when FBSD tries to reset the device perhaps the device doesn't like the reset command (I've heard that certain hard drives respond badly to being reset). How you would fix that tho, I have no idea...
 
Old 11-30-2003, 12:53 AM   #10
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Why would a Serial ATA drive have to be set to slave? It's an IDE drive.

Maybe I should just put the 40GB hdd to rest and just install FreeBSD in it's place (after backing up data).
 
Old 11-30-2003, 02:15 AM   #11
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Place the following in your `/boot/loader.conf' file:

Code:
hw.ata.ata_dma="0"
hw.ata.atapi_dma="0"
 
Old 11-30-2003, 02:23 PM   #12
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How am I posed to edit that file if I can not even get into the OS?
 
Old 11-30-2003, 03:24 PM   #13
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Boot to an OS that can mount UFS. Linux should be able to, so you could use a KNOPPIX CD.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 03:29 PM   #14
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Is there a proper syntax to mount ufs?

I tried mount -t ufs /dev/hdb1 (where FreeBSD is installed to) /win_b but it gives me this error:

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mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hdb1,
or too many mounted file systems
I booted into my Knoppix Cd, and I can't mount the FreeBSD properly.

I type the same thing, and it gives no errors, and says that it is mounted in mount -l but when I ls the mount point, I get a empty directory.

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Old 11-30-2003, 05:45 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally posted by Seph64
Hmm, I installed FreeBSD on the second drive successfully doing what you suggested, but when I turned the settings back to what they were, it freezes at the samr place when booting the system.

HELP
It appears as though you have booted your machine in the past, successfully.

Also, can you boot in single user mode?
 
  


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