James <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> I'm currently trying to install version 5.0-CURRENT,
> my problem is that when I boot off of the CDROM, it
> starts loading fine, probes the hardware, then
> it comes up with the message:
> ata0: resetting devices
> at which point it hangs. I have disabled the loading
> of ACPI drivers ... but this alas has not helped.
> My hardware is ... Seagate Barracuda HDD
> and Acer CDRW drive.
Oooh! This sounds like the problem that others here
just helped me with! I had to disable DMA on my ATA
drive. For me it's an archive store, so I'm not hurt
by it; you may be.
To do this, you have to talk to the boot loader. I
don't recall how the CD-ROM is set up, but if you
get a countdown prompt reading something like
``Booting in 9 seconds. Press <Return> to boot
you can hit the space bar (anything but return) to
talk to the boot loader. At that point, you issue
to continue the bootstrap.
After the install, you may have to do this again;
once FreeBSD is up for real, edit the assignment
(without the `set ') into /boot/loader.conf .
If you run this way, you will see interrupt activity
soaking up the CPU during disk transfers; my preferred
systat 1 -vmstat
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