I've been trying to install freeBSD at home for some time now. I have
OS/2 on the primary drive on the 1st hard disk controller. The second
disk is on the second controller, and has a 50M DOS partition (for
games) and 350M for FBSD.
When I install from floppy all goes well. I select wd2 for the
install, then I build a new kernel from the shell on F4.
At boot time it claims it's booting from wd1a, yet at the drive
detection time it finds the drive & calls it wd2. Then panics when it
can't mount root.
Can you boot from a floppy OK using
Boot: wd(2,a)/kernel ?
You are probably stuck on that method for life since most BIOSs can't
boot off the second controller without help.