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Old 20th August 2013
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Well normally I'd avoid an RC release, but in this case I might give it a go. (I'm having some wireless problems with FreeBSD 8.4 using the bwi driver and the firmware. I had similar problems with the same broadcom firmware with Linux and building a newer kernel and getting newer firmware resolved it - so I'm hoping (perhaps in vain) that FreeBSD 9.x will have both a newer bwi driver and firmware.)

)Really rusty at this... need to find out how to enable a repository as pkg_add is not working, but I can build most ports ok (haven't upgraded the ports yet...).) //edit 21/08/13: pkg_add is working, I was trying to install "firefox" instead of "firefox-esr".

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//edit: Almost forgot - one of the threads I looked at mentioned changing the SATA controller from IDE to AHCI or vice versa. Will try that as well.

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Old 6th September 2013
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So I installed 9.2 RC3 using my existing partitioning from 8.4. I only had to delete my / partition and recreate it. Now it boots fine... I'm not sure whether that was down to some change in 9.2 or due to reusing the partitions from 8.4...?
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Old 9th September 2013
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OK, I decided I didn't want to run 9.2 RC3, as I'm a noob at this and don't want to deal with any potential problems (yet). I decided to try and install 9.1, once again reusing the existing partitions and mbr originally created when I installed 8.4. It worked.

So it seems like the the problem is in the mbr/boot sector/partition table which the 9.1 installer creates (and that my system BIOS doesn't like it).
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