I've installed FreeBSD-7.4 on a 2000 make PC (* specs below)
When the disk is connected to the primary IDE socket, the OS boots fine but when it's connected to the secondary IDE socket, it boots only the first section, which greets you with a menu with options like "1. Boot FreeBSD [default]" "3. Boot FreeBSD in Safe Mode", etc.
I select the default 1st option and it boots for a while more and then it says
Trying to mount from ufs:/dev/ad0s1a freebsd manual root filesystem specification: <fstype>:<device> [options] Mount <device> using filesystem <fstype> eg. ufs:/dev/da0s1a ? List valid disk boot devices <empty line> Abort manual input
and drops into a useless mountroot prompt. Typing
List of GEOM managed disk devices: ufsid/5c922e4292c8e9fa ufsid/5c922e435b48afb7 ufsid/5c922e4343d7ab4b ufsid/5c922e44e470015a ufsid/5c922e424bf39462 ad2s1g ad2s1f ad2s1e ad2s1c ad2s1b ad2s1a ad2s1 ad2
mount ufsid/5c922e4292c8e9fa and trying with all other devices, returns
Trying to mount root from mount ufsid/5c922e4292c8e9fa, etc, i.e. not giving any helpful info.
A similar problem has been posted at mixed IDE/SATA disks and boot troubles but it didn't help; it's just similar.
If I unplug the 40-pin ribbon IDE cable from the IDE2 socket and plug it into the IDE1 socket, then things returns to normal. This problem is limited to the case when the disk is used as secondary master IDE disk.
Actually, this problem first happened as I tried to access a second IDE disk from the primary IDE disk on which the same FreeBSD is installed.
When I did
mount /dev/ad1* /mnt/mydisk
ad1* being various options
ad1s1b all of them consistently returned
mount: /dev/ad1s1: Operation not permitted I suppose it couldn't mount the second IDE disk because there was problem in the secondary master IDE connection. I guess this problem might be fixed from the Bios settings. There a many Bios settings related to the primary and secondary IDE disks, like "Mode: LBA, Large, Auto" but I don't know what does what and I don't want to try random settings to fix this by chance.
How to boot from the secondary master IDE and/or how to use a second IDE disk in FreeBSD?
- PC specs: PII 400Mhz, Gigabyte Intel 440BX MoBo, 512MB RAM, 16MB RAM graphics card, 15GB Ouantum Fireball IDE harddisk, Award Bios with the 2002 firmware