iH, Sounds to me like the BIOS doesn't see the disk at all; disk too big for bios? I remember having to "boot" [manager] from an old HD with the actual OS on a new big HD that the bios would not see/boot from. formatting does not matter as bios does not see the disk anyways. I'd look into a controller, or update firmware.
]Peter[ > On Fri, 25 Jan 2008 22:48:07 +0000 > David Larkin <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 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 ? >> >> Thanks > > Some further info ... > >>From sysinstall, I did Configure --> Fdisk > > It shows > > Disk name : ad0 > |Disk Geom: 9729 cyls/255 heads/63 sectors = 156296385 sectors(76316MB) > > Offset Size END Name Ptype Desc Subtype Flags > 0 63 62 - 12 unused 0 > 63 156296322 156296384 ad0s1 8 freebsd 165 > 156296385 5103 156301487 - 12 unused 0 > > > hope this helps > > > > >> _______________________________________________ >> 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]" > _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"