Let me preface
this by saying that I'm not a Newbee except to GhostBSD. I've done dozens and dozens of installs to VM's and to drives. I love trying out as many distro's as I can. My favorite tool once in a distro is the terminal. I have a highly multiple boot system consisting now of Windoz 7, Mint 13, Mint 15, FreeBSD 9.1, NetBSD 5.1, and Ubuntu 13.04. This last listing is one of my minimums as far as variety of distos goes. Let me say right now that GhostBSD has one of the nicest installers I've ever come across. However, I've tried to install GhostBSD 5.1 on a hard drive partition using Gnome and Lxde versions on both VM's and my main CPU and the installation in all cases ends in failure.
When I boot the CD or the DVD I notice that there is no verification of the media pick in the menu, but I've never ever had a failure due to bad media anyway, so I would assume that both of these media are good. The boot to desktop goes very smoothly. When I get into the installer everything goes well, but since I have a multiboot system, I must go the route of specifying my partitioning. I choose the customization menu pick and go in and create a FreeBSD partition on one of my disks with some space and give GhostBSD 5G of space. I then create the new partition and then hit the next button. The system then just sits and sits even after 45 minutes. In my VM's case there's an error message saying that there is no drive found even though, in this case, I left the installer in autopilot to partition the drive even though it found the drive during the hardware check.
I find the FreeBSD 9.1 system to be quite nice even though my main use is in Mint 13. I really would like to see my machine booting both Linux and Unix and running smoothly. It appears that this installer has a problem with my drive system. I do have a mixture of SATA and IDE (one drive).
I am familiar with the normal system files such as dmesg, syslog, etc, so just let me know what you need. I just need some time to gather the info, so my response my seem a little long in coming. I don't mind the troubleshooting, in fact this is a good way to bring out any other problems.
i7 CPU (2.67MHz 920), 6G ram, (5) hard drives, GPU=nVidia Geforce 9800GT, mobo Asus P6T (non-UEFI)
P.S. As an aside, I tried the installer disk in my eeePC 701 and it booted up to a point and then got into a menu where it couldn't find the boot drive. Heck! I thought the boot drive was the bloody CD I was booting on!
Once again, it isn't finding my drives on either machine.