I, myself, said:
> I'm having a problem installing 5.3-BETA2 on this box with a
> Compaq Integrated SMART Array Controller.
> the OS tells me, something to the effect, "OS not found".
The actual message is...
"Non-System disk or disk error
"replace and strike any key when ready"
> I've tried installing the FreeBSD boot manager, a standard boot
> record, and to leave the MBR untouched. I've also tried
> 4.9-RELEASE just to see if there was a problem with 5.3-BETA2.
> matter what I try, I cannot get the Compaq BIOS to recognize the
> OS I just installed on the drive array.
> I must be missing something obvious, but googling and perusing
> archives hasn't helped.
>From what I've found, I am missing something. I got my other used
Compaq today (DL 580) that also has an Integrated SMART Array
Controller. The difference is, when I see the partitions in the
Partition editor, on the DL580 I see two partitions...
idad0s1 : Compaq diagnostic
idad0s2 : freebsd
The DL580 prompts me to enter System Utilities <F10> after the
initializes, the problem DL380 does not. After that the DL580
happily into FreeBSD 5.3-BETA2, the DL380 gives me the error above.
So it appears that I must have a Compaq diagnostic partition in
order to boot. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
Neither of these two machines came with any CD-ROMS. I was reading
on the Compaq/HP website that I'm supposed to have a SmartSTART CD
and a System Utilities CD. Presumably, if I had said SmartSTART
I could boot off of it and it would create my Compaq diagnostic
partition? If someone has a DL380, could they make ISO images of
the Compaq CD's and make them available to me? Or can one simply
download them from Compaq/HP?
> Thanks for your assistance...
You're welcome :)
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