Installer seems to overwrite partition table

Michael Neumann mneumann at
Mon Apr 14 14:47:57 PDT 2008

Matthew Dillon wrote:
:Hi there,
:I installed DF 2 days ago (the 1.12.1 release). I've choosen a primary partition for the installation (/dev/hda2 in linux slang) and installed the bootlocker on ad0.
:After the reboot my laptop hung immediately. I couldn't even see the BIOS password dialog anymore. Whenever I try to reach my bios setup via F2 it crashes on the way.
:Without the harddisk it is possible to boot the notebook without any problems.
:I bought an external HD case and tried to mount the HD with a live CD: no partition table...
:I can't find any reports for that issue, so I thought I will let you know.
:Do you need any further information about my hardware?
:And is there a way to recover the table?
:greets from Germany.
     Usually boot hangs are due to ide disk translation issues and BIOS mode
     settings for IDE disks, but I'm afraid I can't really help much.  The
     installer wasn't really designed for multi-boot systems.
I had the very same problem [1] with a Bullman laptop. I need to pass
"-C" to fdisk (which is the default on FreeBSD). This also means that
you have to install manually. Would be nice to be able to tell the 
installer to use option -C.

Greets from Germany as well ;-)



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