On Fri, 20 Feb 2004, Tony Frank wrote: tfrank> I saw the crash/assert type scenario if the boot blocks are not installed tfrank> properly. tfrank> Ie the MBR is updated with the bootmgr (F1 .. bit) but the 2nd/3rd stages tfrank> were corrupted somehow. tfrank> (In my case I accidentally overwrote the blocks with some experiementation) tfrank> You can reinstall boot blocks using bsdlabel (or disklabel on 4.9) tfrank> If you can boot from floppy/CD, get into fixit mode. tfrank> Then run: tfrank> bsdlabel -B da0s1 (assuming da0 is the disk you are trying to boot from)
I had tried re-writing the MBR in a number of ways. This one didn't succeed either... Sigh... It's clear I'm getting to the /boot/loader program and it's running; it just keeps looping with no indication of an error (until it runs out of heap, which is the assertion failure). Do you know if there's a method of bypassing the loader program and directly booting the kernel? I tried stopping the second stage boot and booting "/boot/kernel/kernel". The boot program spins for a (long) while loading it, but I'm guessing something's missing 'cause once it transfers control to the kernel the system freezes. tfrank> Have you tried 4.9-RELEASE on this system? No, I have several other 5.2 systems (built from these same CDs) and I kind of wanted to minimize the number of variants. This IS the only dual-drive SCSI-only box I have going though... Maybe I should just slap an IDE drive into the box (there's space and even cabling available) and install to that??? tfrank> I understand that 5.2.1-RC2 ISO is also available which might be another option. I know - it came out the weekend after I downloaded and burned the 5.2 ISO. Grrrr.... :-) Thanks! Mike _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"