> > Let me start by qualifying I am extremely new to FreeBSD (I have performed a > whopping two installs thus far). > > I am looking to fire up a machine with a single western digital special > edition 80GB IDE drive for simple storage and testing. > > The BIOS detects the correct geometry for the drive, and both Windows 2000 > and Linux (RedHat 9) correctly detect the geometry and install on the drive > (each OS installed independently to verify the drive and BIOS were working - > this is not a multi-boot setup). > > FreeBSD version 5.1 however, pops up a message stating the geometry chosen > by FreeBSD during installation is incorrect. > > If I hit "G" when assigning the slices and drop in the correct geometry (as > reported by the BIOS), I can assign slices (defaults) and the installation > runs through, but it will fail on the next boot (won't even get to the boot > manager). > > If I select "G" when assigning slices, plug in the values, then force a > write using the "W" option, I get a warning, then everything installs and > fails on reboot.
Don't try to change the geometry from what it reports. Leave it as it thinks it is. ////jerry > > Note: This same machine will accept an installation and run beautifully > using a different hard drive (anything I have other than a Western Digital > 80GB Special Edition), and I have tried two of the 80GB special edition > drives to ensure it is not a mechanical problem with just one of the drives. > Both of the special edition drives performed identically (which is to say > not at all). > > Google is mute on the subject. > > Any help would be appreciated. > > Jim > _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"