I hope you have better luck than I have, Alvin.

I am experiencing the same problems and received and tested the following options - all to no avail.

1) Update computer BIOS to latest version
2) Downloaded and tested ISO files from 4.6 to 4.91 from bootable CDs (all hang)
3) Purchased commercial release (5.1) and tested CD (hangs after finding boot record)
4) Purchased USB floppy drive and created floppy boot disks (hang)
5) Attempted to submit problem report via web (web interface is down)
6) Attempted to submit problem report via email to the "Bugmeister" (unacknowlaged)


In the meantime, additional testing shows:

1) Installation CDs from Microsoft boot and install properly
2) Installation CD created from downloaded ISO from the Fedora Project installs properly


In my situation, I believe the problem may be related to my computer being "legacy free". What that means is that it does not have the traditional IO devices that most computers have (PS/2 keyboard or mouse, serial, parallel, or floppy interface. All it has are USB ports for those functions. My guess is that the kernel included in the installation files was not built for this situation. In the meantime, since I do not have a working FreeBSD system, I can not build my own kernal.

When approaching this situation, it was my desire to base my systems on a BSD kernel. Due to it's reputation of stability and (especially) compatability, I chose FreeBSD. Since that time, I have spent over $100, many hours of testing, and significant frustration to install it - to no avail. The lack of support (and even responsiveness) from the FreeBSD team after putting my money on the line to purchase the commercial release gives me grave doubts about the viability of this distribution and the legitimacy of the organization's compatability claims..

Good luck - and don't spend any money until it works!
Thor

From: Alvin <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Urgent Installation problems (CD)
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 07:03:39 +0800

Thank you for your time. I burned the .iso for i386 (release 5.1) on the CD and configured the BIOS to boot from the CD but it won't boot from it. I have also tried using the floppy to install it but it can't detect the .iso in the CD. Are there other files that must be burned to the CD.

I have burned BeOS PE Max edition to the CD to test if my computer can boot from the CD. It worked perfectly and booted from it.

God bless,
Alvin
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