On Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 10:48:07PM +0000, David Larkin wrote: > Hi Guys, > > I'm trying to install FreeBSD 6.3 on an old PC. > > I have bought a new Maxtor DiamondMax 80Gig disk, to replace the old > one. I will have only one disk in the PC. > > I am looking to build using boot floppies and FTP. > > There is no CD drive on the PC. > > When I turn the PC on the BIOS hangs with the message > Detecting IDE Primary Master ... [Press F4 to skip] > > However, by holding down F4, I was able to boot using the floppies > boot.flp , kern1.flp , kern2.flp & kern3.flp > > This detected disk and I selected standard configuration, and the FTP > installation all went to plan. > > I got message saying installation was successful and I added users and set > root password. > > However, when I reboot (without floppies) I still get the message > Detecting IDE Primary Master ... [Press F4 to skip] > > and when I go into BIOS , it still doesn't detect the IDE disk. > > How do I format disk so BIOS recognises it ? > I read something about using DOS fdisk , but I haven't got DOS floppies. > Can I format disk using boot or fixit floppies ?
I don't think that message comes from FreeBSD. This sounds more like a BIOS issue than a disk "format" problem. The only exception would be if no MBR was written, but then it would give different messages - something about no OS or boot device. Try going in to your BIOS and checking boot order and such. You want it to be floppy first and then CD (if you had one) and then the hard disk[s]. You could boot up and run the fixit floppy and just look at the disk with fdisk. Just do 'fdisk ad0' and see if it gives reasonable values for the drive and the slice you created for FreeBSD. Make sure the slice is marked to be bootable. Then look at that slice with bsdlabel 'bsdlabel ad0s1' and see if it sees partitions in that slice. If so, the disk is probably just fine. If the BIOS is old, it might be something like the disk being too big for it or having some thing about it the BIOS doesn't recognize. In that case you need to upgrade the BIOS. ////jerry > > Thanks > _______________________________________________ > firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions > To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"