On 25/01/2008, Chris Whitehouse <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Nerius Landys wrote: > > > > > > The earler comment about the disk being too big might be the issue. Update > > the motherboard's BIOS to the latest revision. You may have to do some > > digging to find this for an old motherboard. Tell us if that helps. > > _______________________________________________ > > Some motherboards had an upper limit on hard disk size which I think was > 32gb. Some drives have a jumper to limit the apparent size to 32gb (if > that was the size). > > Also I no longer have hardware to test this on but if it is a BIOS > problem I believe if you could put the hard disk in a newer machine for > the install it would then boot in the older machine as FreeBSD accesses > the disk directly, not through the BIOS.
Anecdotally, I have an old hp e-server that will not see IDE drives larger than something like 8G. I let the bios autodetect to the wrong value, and it booted just fine and once FreBSD was running the whole 20G drive was perfectly visible and functional. In any case, I suppose the OP could just use a floppy boot disk, like slackware's: http://slackware.mirrors.easynews.com/linux/slackware/slackware/isolinux/sbootmgr/ http://tinyurl.com/2evgaa Which should bypass any (most) moronic bioses. -- -- _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"