On Saturday 10 May 2008, constantine wrote:
> Dear FreeBSD Aficionados,
>
> I am trying to install FreeBSD in my notebook through an external USB
> CD-ROM. While the installation manager runs fine, after choosing the
> installation media it says it cannot mount /dev/acd0 (which refers to
> the notebook's built-in broken cdrom).
> What could I do?
>
> As an alternative I tried installing through FTP. The problem is that
> my network configuration has to be as such (with ip aliasing and some
> static routes):
> defaultrouter="192.168.1.1"
> static_routes="beastie puffy"
> route_beastie="-net 10.0.0.0/8 10.96.66.254"
> route_puffy="-net 10.96.66.253/32 10.96.66.2"
> hostname="payaso.costis.name"
> ifconfig_rl0="inet 10.96.66.2  netmask 255.255.255.0"
> ifconfig_rl0_alias0="inet 192.168.1.36  netmask 255.255.255.0"
>
> ... and the holographic emergency shell is somewhat hostile to running
> ifconfig/route: (command: not found)
>
> My DNS server is 10.96.66.1
>
>
> Thank you very much in advance for any insights!...
>
> Yours,
>
> Constantine Tsardounis
> http://costis.name

You could try the livefs CD, which should have everything you need to get the 
network working. I suppose you could then install from FTP using sysinstall. 
If that doesn't work you could install FreeBSD on a USB (flash?) disk, boot 
from it, then basically copy the whole USB disk to the HDD of your laptop, or 
something like that.

Good Luck!

Pieter de Goeje
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