> ----- Original Message ---- > From: Garrett Cooper <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > To: email@example.com > Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2007 12:16:08 PM > Subject: Re: FreeBSD 6.2 install CD causes immediate reboot > > > -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- > Hash: SHA1 > > Erik Trulsson wrote: > > On Sun, Jan 28, 2007 at 09:34:44AM -0800, Andrew Gould wrote: > >> I was given a Dell Dimension m200a yesterday by someone > >> who recently upgraded. I think it was created around 1997. > >> > >> CPU: Pentium > >> RAM: 48MB > >> > >> odd: This PC runs Win95; but has 2 usb ports. Didn't > >> Win98 predate usb ports? > > > > No, USB ports started appearing around 1996. It took a while > > before they become widespread though. The later revisions > > of Win95 did have support for USB, which was improved in Win98. > > > > > > > >> When I try to boot up with the FreeBSD 6.2 installation CD, > >> the system tries to boot from the CD; but then reboots before > >> anything messages from the CD appear on the monitor. > >> > >> Is there something I can try, or should I just give up? > >> I have a hard time throwing functional hardware in the trash. > >> Maybe I'm struggling too much with my own mortality; but > >> that's a different discussion. ;-) > > > > You could try booting an older version of FreeBSD (4.x probably since 5.x is > > very similar to 6.x) and see if that works. You could also > > fiddle with various BIOS settings. You could also try the boot floppies. > > > > If none of that works I would give up trying to install FreeBSD on that > > computer.
Booting with FreeBSD 6.2 floppies worked. Thanks! Andrew Try booting the CD without acpi / apm support too. apm support with dell is fruity, and acpi shouldn't have really been supported all the way with the machine either. Moreover, you can try making a boot floppy with the BIOS update as the current BIOS version may not support Unix installs. I agree though--if you can't boot freebsd, you should give up. There are versions of Linux that may run on the laptop though, so you can give that a shot as well.. Also just for the sake of the archives, Win95 ver. b (basically SP2) did have USB support but it really sucked; I couldn't the machine to recognize a number of USB devices with this version of 95. However, Win98 made a big difference in this arena since they started properly supporting USB and so that's probably one reason why many people upgraded. - -Garrett -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.1 (FreeBSD) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org iD8DBQFFvOhoEnKyINQw/HARAjVxAKCW19E3zOsDLq0TvSgfa+N+W4yxZgCeJapp ZrmxQ0oXi5R0QoRFIRBI/fA= =iUTj -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"