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 immediately'' you can hit the space bar (anything but return) to talk to the boot loader. At that point, you issue the command set hw.ata.ata_dma=0 and then boot 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 monitor is systat 1 -vmstat . Mark Terribile __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! SiteBuilder - Free, easy-to-use web site design software http://sitebuilder.yahoo.com _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"