Check your Bios

Virus Warning=, set this option to disable. It's a firmware check of
the hard drive boot sector looking for MS/Windows boot virus.

plug-n-play=,  set this option to disable. FBSD is not sensitive to
Microsoft plug-n-play standard.

Disable or set to auto any Bio's option to assign irq numbers to PCI
expansion slots.

Disable any ISA expansion slots.

Operating system type=, set to 'other' or any Unix type of operating
system, don't set to MS/Windows.

Disable all power management options.

boot sequence=, set this option to (CDROM,C) Since you are
installing FBSD from CDROM you must tell the PC what I/O device to
look at to boot from.
Follow the Bio's menu instructions to save your changes and exit. PC
will reboot it self.
If problem is still happening, open PC case and verify Hard drive
ribbon is plugged into motherboard primary IDE controller.
If problem is still happening, did you run md5 hash on downloaded
mini file to verify it was good? If not then download mini.iso file
and the CHECKSUM.MD5 file.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 12:11 PM
Subject: RE: 4.9 stable release installation probs on x86

I reinstalled with the standard MBR and I have the
same thing, although there is no boot manager after the
install.  The machine still cycles between the BIOS, nothing
on the screen, and then back to the BIOS, over and over.  I
have gone into the BIOS and ensured that it is booting from
the hard disk.  I have even hit F12 (instead of F1 to go into
the BIOS) and selected the hard disc as the boot source to
be sure it is booting from there.

Here are the exact steps I followed for the install of the
mini.iso disc.

1)  skipped kernel config (no conflicts)
2)  selected standard install
3)  selected to use all of the disc for FreeBSD
4)  installed standard MBR
5)  selected auto partition of the UNIX file system
6)  selected average user, binaries and docs only for install
7)  selected no to FreeBSD ports collection
8)  post install (after it said installation was a success)
    I said no to all, but set my root password.

Then I rebooted and it cycles between the BIOS over and over.

Hugh suggested toggling DMA, Ultra-DMA or PIO settings for
the discs in the BIOS, but I can't find those anywhere in
the device settings.

I think I said before that it was a Pentium III, but I double
checked and it's actually a Pentium IV, 1.6 GHz, 512 meg of
ram, 40 gig hard drive.

Adam Wilson

> -----Original Message-----
> From: JJB [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 9:36 AM
> To: Wilson, Adam D.
> Subject: RE: 4.9 stable release installation probs on x86
> Your hard drive now has the booter installed in the MBR on your
> hard drive for your previous install tries.
> Install again and when you are asked if you want to install the
> boot  manager. Use the down arrow key to highlight the 'Install
> standard MBR (no FBSD boot manager)' line and then press enter to
> continue. This will write out an standard MBR (IE: Master Boot
> Record) to you hard drive.
> The mini downloadable .iso file does not contain any
> so always say no to prompt about installing porst/packages during
> the install process.

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