On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 02:04:07AM -0300, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> Jeremy,
> On Mon, 13 Oct 2008, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> |On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 12:54:26AM -0300, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> |>    I'm facing some problems trying to install a FreeBSD 
> |> 7.0-RELEASE-amd64, on a Dell PE 2950III, dual Xeon Quad core, 8GB RAM.
> |>    After (FBSD) boot menu count down, it shows a dump of the CPU 
> |> registers and a message: BTX Halted. No matter what is changed in VM 
> |> setup.
> |
> |Can you please download the 7.1-BETA2 ISO and try it instead?  There
> |have been changes to the FreeBSD boot loader between 7.0-RELEASE and
> |7.1-BETA2 which may improve things for you.  The 7.1-BETA2 ISOs are
> |available here:
>       The same behavior with 7.1-BETA2.

I'm not sure what to do at this point, or what to tell you, since the
kernel can't even load.

Are you installing this off of CD, and is the CD drive hooked up to
the PC via ATA/SATA (rather than USB or something else)?

John Baldwin might have some ideas, but debugging this is going to be
difficult because you're wanting to use amd64 but the only way to get a
usable box is under i386.

> |>    It does not happen with i386 version.
> |>    Which is the best release to install in this box? Should I go 
> |> ahead with i386?
> |
> |If this is going to be a desktop box and uses an nVidia video card,
> |you should stay with i386 (if I remember correctly there are no
> |working amd64 nVidia drivers).
>       It'll be a production server, not a desktop. 
> |This won't allow you to use the full 8GB of RAM you have installed,
> |though, without building a custom kernel with PAE support (and there are
> |known compatibility problems between PAE and certain kernel drivers).
> |It's strongly recommended you stick with amd64 if at all possible.
>       In fact I'll not give the entire memory to this virtual machine. 
> But I would like to use the full resources of 64bits CPU capacity.

| Jeremy Chadwick                                jdc at parodius.com |
| Parodius Networking                       http://www.parodius.com/ |
| UNIX Systems Administrator                  Mountain View, CA, USA |
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