Another tip is to use a pre-configured script, such as tinybsd (others are also available, but I have only tried tinybsd), to create a image which you can copy to your CF-card. This has been the method of choice for me. Mounting the image on a 'proper' computer allows you to make any last minute changes which may be necessary before flashing the flashcard.overmind said:If you use Alix with Compact Flash don't forget to mount your partition(s) with "noatime", from /etc/fstab, so your CF will last longer. (access time will not be written to CF if you do a 'cat filename', or a ls on a dir.)
Did you have to do anything special to get the IDE HDD to be recognized? Mine does not want to boot from the HDD. With or without CF does not make a difference, it seems as though the HDD takes over both IDE channels. Perhaps you could give me a hint in the right direction.overmind said:I have 3 Alix and I use them, two of them are with Compact Flash, one of them is with an IDE 2.5 hard drive.
Did you install directly on the ALIX board? Or did you connect the harddrive to another machine while installing? I did my installation on another machine, and then transferred the hardrive to my ALIX-board.overmind said:You must go to Alix's bios, using 'S' key during memory test (which is quickly). And there configure LBA for hard drive, and Wait for hard drive.
If after you did that you cannot boot from hard drive even if you installed properly, maybe you wrongly connected the hard drive to the Alix board.
Yes, I hear the harddrive spinning up. But to no avail.When you plug you Alix power source do you hear the sound of hard drive initializing? If you hear nothing then you hard drive cable is wrong connected.
I was about to say that I had tried all possible combinations, but then I realised that there were many more than I had thought about. This may be the case.(take a picture with your board + cable + hard drive, and show me a link)
I have no idea. I am still at the office, and I have my ALIX machines at home. So no luck, probably won't be able to check today at all.overmind said:So, it is working now?
Is important to see the error message. When you start Alix, first you see bios mesages (memory check) which is on serial speed of 38400.
No boot device detected
This seems interesting, what does this command do?I've replace boot again with:
boot0cfg -o packet -B -m 0xf da0
Again, thanks for the tips. But my problem concerns only the booting portion.If it will work and boot but you can't login then is the problem that you did not modified /etc/ttys and /boot/loader.conf with proper settings for serial console.
boot0cfg -o packet -B -m 0xf da0
Sorry that I have not replied earlier, I have had more important things to do. Unfortunately FreeBSD is only a hobby, so work and family have to come first.overmind said:And if yes, what was the cause you could not boot from hard drive?
FreeBSD/i386 boot Default: 0:ad(0,a)/boot/kernel/kernel boot: PC Engines ALIX.2 v0.99h 640 KB Base Memory 261120 KB Extended Memory Waiting for HDD ... 01F0 Master 427A WDC WD2500BEVE-00WZT0 Phys C/H/S 16383/16/63 Log C/H/S 16709/255/63 LBA F1 FreeBSD F2 FreeBSD Boot: F2 - FreeBSD/i386 boot Default: 0:ad(0,a)/boot/loader boot: -
No. I ended up installing OpenBSD instead. Was going to reinstall FreeBSD from scratch, but only had 7.0-Release CDs lying around, aswell as some brand new OpenBSD ones. Now it boots wonderfully, no problem at all. I assume that there was something wayward with my FreeBSD installation. May give it another try when 8.0 is released.overmind said:did you try:
[cmd=]boot0cfg -o packet -B -m 0xf da0[/cmd]