Installation Error on hard drive, Please Help !!!



  • i get the following error when trying to install pfsense 2.0 snapshot 20th on my hard drive.

    kern.geom.debugflags: 0 -> 16
    Deleting all gparts
    Running: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 count=3000
    dd: /dev/ad0: Input/output error
    1+0 records in
    0+0 records out
    0 bytes transferred in 0.312446 secs (0 bytes/sec)
    Cleaning up ad0
    Running: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 count=2048
    dd: /dev/ad0: Input/output error
    1+0 records in
    0+0 records out
    0 bytes transferred in 0.002383 secs (0 bytes/sec)
    Error 1: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 count=2048

    here is also a picture of what occurs on screen



  • Looks like you're having problems with that hard drive.  Try a different HD and see if that fixes your issue.



  • just brought a BRAND NEW SATA HD

    getting the same errors as above, but not reoccurring only 1 line of that .

    also recieving the following error:

    TIMEOUT - WRITE_MUL retrying (1 retry left) ..

    I have two suspicions

    • its the stupid usb cd rom drive i'm using ?

    • the motherboard ide/sata controller is faulty

    I have tried numerous things. turning off certain things in the bios like acpi and Intel HT.

    I have tried installing on a usb to see if its just isolated to hd or flash. still same problem of not fully installing.

    I have also tried installing other distro's on the HD linux untangle and I get error with not fully installing.

    I have disabled dma from loader prompt, i have booted in safe mode. still no luck

    I have changed the bios hd boot to LBA mode.

    The thing is guys, i have installed windows 7 on another system and moved the HD to the motherboard and it boots the OS fine.

    I have also done HD surface test and I Don't receive any errors.

    Can someone shed some light.



  • I have ditched the usb cd rom and have used a usb to install any os to see if its the ata/sata controller.

    I have installed windows 7 successfully.

    so im confused now as to what the problem is. Im guess its the usb cd rom, but i dont have any internal optical drives to test and as far as im aware pfsense doesnt support usb install ?



  • You can install pfsense from usb. See the sticky on top:
    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,28264.0.html



  • @RpR:

    You can install pfsense from usb. See the sticky on top:
    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,28264.0.html

    cheers, i tried that and it worked perfectly


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