Changes to PC Bios before installing FBSD

Navigate around the Bios menus using the keyboard arrow keys looking
for the following options, your PC bio's may not have all of these.

Virus Warning=, set this option to disable. It's a firmware check of
the hard drive boot sector looking for MS/Windows boot virus. This
will stop FBSD booting from the install CDROM.

plug-n-play=,  set this option to disable. FBSD is not sensitive to
Microsoft plug-n-play standard and may refuse to install, or cause
PCI cards not to be found.

Disable or set to auto any Bio's option to assign irq numbers to PCI
expansion slots.

Disable any ISA expansion slots.

Operating system type=, set to 'other' or any Unix type of operating
system, don't set to MS/Windows.

Check to see if the cdrom drive is the slave to the IDE master Hard
drive you are installing to, if so then move the cdrom drive to the
secondary IDE controller as master. There should not be any cdrom
drive sharing the primary IDE controller with the master Hard Drive.

boot sequence=, set this option to (CDROM,C) Since you are
installing FBSD from CDROM you must tell the PC what I/O device to
look at to boot from. Keep in mind that some older CD-ROMs drives
and older PC bios do not support booting off CD-ROM. Generally with
PC manufactured after 1999 this is not the problem.

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Andy
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 5:50 PM
Subject: IBM 325 Server install - hangs on scsi settle


I have IBM 325 PCServer with one 200 Pentium Pro CPU and two SCSI
drives and a SCSI CDROM.  I'm installing FreeBSD 4.9 via floppy and
hangs when it says:

Waiting 15 seconds for drives to settle

I notice that it is accessing the cdrom, during the wait, but
else happens.  I've checked the mailing list and all I see is to
the bios virus detect off.  It seem that quite a few people are
this problem...

any ideas? interrupt problem?

please CC with your reply as I am not on the list.

Thanks in advance,
Andy Clements

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