Steve Williams | 12 Apr 10:28 2010
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PC-BSD 8.0 Can't see my hard drives

Hi all. I originally posted a thread on the forum, but was recommended 
by a user there to post my problem here.  Here is the thread link to the 
forum,
http://forums.pcbsd.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15265&sid=8537f9c313f5085b435fc9bdb48be865

The problem I am having is that I cannot install PCBSD because it cannot 
see my hard drives.

My system is
  ASUS M3A78 Pro Mother board
AMD Phenom x4  <at>  2600 MHz chip
6144 MB Ram
3x WD hard drives 320, 500 and 500 GB
NVidia GE force 7300 le Video card
The OS at the moment is Vista 64 bit with XP in dual boot using freebsd

When I start the install process a message comes up when it is reading 
my hard drives " Attempt to Query device size failed : Not ready, medium 
not present"
Then when I get to the section to select which hard drive to install on 
it only shows my USB external drive, My USB printer as a drive and the 
card reader as 4 drives, but no hard drives.
So far I have updated my BIOS to the latest version, and changed the 
type of disk controller from IDE to AHCI, but that did not work, and 
Vista could not then see the hard drive either so I had to change it 
back to IDE, although the disks are in fact SATA.

I forgot to mention that this is a copy of PCBSD that was ordered from 
the website as I only have a 2Gig monthly download allowance and very 
slow broadband.
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Markus Hitter | 12 Apr 11:37 2010
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Re: PC-BSD 8.0 Can't see my hard drives


Am 12.04.2010 um 10:28 schrieb Steve Williams:

> When I start the install process a message comes up when it is  
> reading my hard drives " Attempt to Query device size failed : Not  
> ready, medium not present"

This sounds much like the FreeBSD kernel doesn't have a driver for  
your hardware (yet). You could try with a standard FreeBSD install,  
the "disc1" thing is sufficient.

Markus

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Jean-Paul Faessen | 17 Apr 17:36 2010
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Problem post install

Hi,
I run FREEBSD8 (or better, try to) on an AMD 5000+ 64 bit HP Pavillon 7760be..
During install I had to select packages, which I did, but the respons was there were no packages to extract.
I also had to modify the Auto Setup of the partitions, as my swap was only 4000MB.
After bringing my swap to 8000MB I was left with 284GB on my disk, which I defined as /usr.
I was told the /usr was to big, so I had to reduce to 280GB before the installer accepted.

Problem is when the install was finished I had to login.
This was followed by a screen telling about security.
At the command line I typed startx.
statx was not recognised.

What did I wrong?

At this instance back to PC-BSD.





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Thomas Karnes | 27 Apr 13:05 2010
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pc-bsd 8 install

For some reason, the installer tagged the external USB drive as primary
and the internal IDE drive as secondary. I overrode the installer and
forced the install to the IDE drive. 
When I boot, the system hangs on the USB drive. If I unplug the USB
drive it boots fine from the IDE drive. I checked the BIOS and set the
IDE drive for boot, and disabled the USB drive. What gives???

Tom

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