Ok, so I have an IBM T40 and I am installed PC-BSD 8. Then for fun, I downloaded a more recent snapshot (PCBSD 8-Stable) and installed that.
However, woe is me, I ran into this FreeBSD bug: 131087. This prevents me from using my Wireless, which on a laptop is a show stopper.
So I got out the release version of the PCBSD 8 installer and tried to install again, however, now it fails.
Here is the log:
Running: find-update-parts kern.geom.debugflags: 0 -> 16 Cleaning up ad0 Running: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 count=2048 2048+0 records in 2048+0 records out 1048576 bytes transferred in 0.391058 secs (2681383 bytes/sec) Running fdisk on ad0 Running: fdisk -I /dev/ad0 fdisk: invalid fdisk partition table found fdisk: Class not found ******* Working on device /dev/ad0 ******* ERROR: The slice ad0s1 doesn't exist! FDISK Failure Running: umount /cdmnt-install umount: /cdmnt-install: statfs: No such file or directory umount: /cdmnt-install: unknown file system
So obviously something is broke with the partition table. I am not sure if this can be duplicated but it sure is annoying.
So how do I fix this? Well, right now I decided to use
dd to wipe my drive.
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=4096k
That took something more than an hour and then I reinstalled an all worked fine.
Anyway, I wonder if there is a bug with the installer that caused this or if this is a result of the multiple crashes that occurred due to the iwi bug that causes kernel panic.