After reading an agonizing thread in freebsd-hackers from back in 2000 with no solution in layman's terms, this is how I got this to work.
My system: Celeron 1.7Ghz MSI MS6526 v2 mobo (Intel arch, apparently this and/or the bios is the problem) WD 40GB HDD The problem: After doing a new cd install using the sysinstall menu's as I normally do this machine failed to boot. All I had to go on was a bunch of technical "garbage" and the message BTX HALTED. The solution: Boot with the install cd Select Standard Install In fdisk, as suggested in the freebsd-hackers thread, I tried altering the disk geometry to what my BIOS "sees". That has never worked for me. Nonetheless, I did try it. Fdisk just complains and reverts back to what fdisk "sees". Create one Slice or select "A" Select "F" for dd mode, select yes when prompted. Make the freebsd slice bootable with "S" Quit fdisk with "Q" At the Disklabel part of the install select "A" I didn't like the setup so I deleted all and recreated my scheme. Quit disklabel with "Q" When prompted for the boot manager I chose Standard (no boot manager) The install continued and viola, the box booted normally. Hopes this helps. Regards, Keith _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"