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I've got an old Compaq machine re-purposed as a Home NAS using Nas4free. I've had it connected up to a monitor and keyboard (PS/2) for a while, (which boots fine, no issues) but I would like to have it boot and run with no peripherals.

However when I remove the keyboard, it never gets past the bootloader screen. Specifically, this is what it says:

FreeBSD/x86 boot
Default: 0:ad(0,a)/boot/loader
boot: 7

Now I've been through the BIOS settings, there isn't an option to not check for a keyboard, nor is there an option to not halt on error.

I should mention that I was originally running FreeNAS 8, however due to issues with plugins and the like I've moved to nas4Free (the old FreeNAS 7). This issue was not present using FreeNAS 8.

Further Info:

  • Nas4free version 9.1.01 (based on FreeBSD 9.1 RELEASE) See here
  • x86 Pentium III, 800mhz
  • 512 MB RAM

Am I on the right track, is this a "your keyboard must be connected" issue, or is it something else? Is there a possible workaround?

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Not sure what's causing your issue, but BIOS is a good guess. I would also say, I would consider different hardware. ZFS is not going to perform well with 512MB of RAM.

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But if it was strictly a BIOS issue, wouldn't FreeNAS 8 have the same issue? Also I'm using software RAID 5, not ZFS. I know ZFS is resource hungry :). – Robotnik Mar 3 '13 at 4:56

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