I was trying to build a test machine so I could run something on 6.2 PR and keep abreast of the changes without updating a server I've pushed a little further than I should have ;-). I had an old Compaq Presario Athlon 900 that wasn't doing anything so I attempted to install using the 6.1 ISO. I found I could not get past a BTX Halted error even after disabling everything in BIOS that can be disabled, disabling ACPI and removing all the cards but the video. The board is quite proprietary and has no configuration options whatsoever.

Researching this, I found several possibilities but none applied and I concluded there wasn't much that could be done to work around the problem. Then when I was about to give up, I noticed I still had an old 5.4 ISO in my stacks of disks. I popped it in and it sailed through.

My question is, is there a good probability that if I install 5.4 and cvsup to RELENG_6 that it will work. I didn't see anything that actually gave a clear definition of the BTX Halted error and am wondering if I put in 5 or 6 hours on this box, does the BTX Halted error provide any indication that it may have an issue anyway beyond just sysinstall? The cost of a mobo and CPU for a test system will end up a pretty cheap alternative if the hours start adding up.

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