Please enlighten me. my last encounter with BSD is FreeBSD 4.4 when i was still in high school
so im kinda outdated.
so here's the thing:
I recently installed PC-BSD 9.0 32 bit on Acer 4738 (intel i3, RAM 8 GB, HD Hitachi 500Gb).
And so i download the PC-BSD 9.0 handbook and started to read it (yeah, i know maybe you think i'm lame or something, but somebody got to read it sometimes
so, i started the install process just like the book, i shrunk my HD, i use PartedMagic for making the new Partition as "Primary" and i download Boot-US for preparation of the boot manager later after install.
i've noticed the changes was VERY-VERY NICE, thumbs up for the PC-BSD guys. i like it a lot, the nice graphics and all, especially the partition manager, its very different with the old fdisk.
After Install, it prompted for a restart. so i restarted, and the Windows boots.
i installed Boot-US on Windows, and in it i activate the other partition so my PC-BSD is recognised as boot options. and restart again to boot on PC-BSD.
the PC-BSD boots up.
Man !! it soo cool, the graphics was nice, all the hardware are already auto-detected (my Wi-fi were instantly on and my audio too). so, i browse around the program and play a couple of MP3 from my external HD (oh yes, you dont have to mount it first, it auto-mounts
and after a couple of hours, because its already late, i turned the laptop off.
the next day, when i Power Up the Laptop, it FREEZES / STUCK on the "Acer" POST screen.
oh boy oh boy. it shooked me good..
i browse google looking for "Bricked" or "Stuck BIOS Screen" or "PC-BSD install failure". And found a couple of the same case, but it is on FreeBSD.
9.0-RELEASE amd64 Bricked My Hard Drive
Installing FreeBSD 9 rendered hard drive unusable
so, i figure out how to un-bricked the HD:
which is to un-plug the HD and boot the laptop using the PartedMagic cd. after it boots up, i connect the HD again in the motherboard or i use "USB to SATA" converter (either way it works fine, but the latter methods bothers you lessen because you dont have to flip the laptop and risk mistouching something in the process). After you connect the HD, start up the GParted (Gnome Partition Editor) and Delete all the partition clean and press apply.
and then your HD can be used again.
That takes care the Bricked / BIOS Stuck problem, but not the install problem.
On that thread, they recommend links to learn about the bsdinstall
Chapter 3 Installing FreeBSD 9.x and Later
and links to make your own partition:
Disk Setup On FreeBSD
THATS when i throw the white towel..
im not saying the Handbook is hard to understand or mr. Warren Block post is not in the right order, no god forbids. but as a general "average joe" i found it way out of my league and i simply dont know how to implement it on PC-BSD.
can some body help me? or the problem hasnt fixed and i just install the 8.2 (Hubble) instead?
Thank you so Much for the attention.