I am having problems with 4.8 Release booting from a large hard disk (80 - 160G) on an old (socket7) motherboard.
I have the same problem with linux. Making the root partition
smaller that 1000M, puting it on the first disk, etc etc doesnt help in either case. I have also tried a few different bootloaders,
in all cases, the bootloader either failed to load, or failed to boot the OS.
With Linux (redhat7.x) I was able to build a bootable floppy on which the location of the root partition was stored, and boot off that. I could also interrupt the boot, enter different values, and boot off of a different partition. Hardly ideal, but satisfactory.
What bootloader did Redhat give you? Isn't it grub? I've used grub for ages to dual-boot Win2k and FreeBSD - it can boot FreeBSD no problem.
My FreeBSD slice is at the start of my second drive so I type into grub:
root (hd1,0,a) chainloader +1 boot
And hey-presto FreeBSD boots no problem!
There's possibly a way to get other bootloaders to boot FreeBSD, I'm not to sure. But you might want to give grub a try anyway.
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