Newbie Experience (As promised)
keramida at ceid.upatras.gr
Mon Sep 18 02:22:12 PDT 2006
On 2006-09-17 12:22, Joel Adamson <trashbird1240 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Dear Very Helpful and Informative FreeBSD List,
> I installed FreeBSD on Friday Night and tried very hard to get
> it all working. My initial X problem actually fixed itself
> (you can imagine my surprise), however, even with that, our
> computer is useless as a desktop (or anything else) without an
> internet connection.
Well, maybe not completely useless. You can still grab packages
from the network, using another system, transfer them to the
target installation with a CD-ROM disk or other medium and
install without a network connection.
In general, though, a FreeBSD system without any sort of network
connection is (IMHO) something like a 'crippled' computer. In
fact, these days, *any* desktop system without some sort of
access to a network is crippled in one or more ways.
> My hardware is unsupported and despite my best efforts, I
> decided it would be better to expedite the process and I
> installed Mepis Linux.
What hardware are you talking about? Maybe it *is* supported,
but it was not very obvious how to configure or set it all up.
If you still want to give FreeBSD a try, please try to install
it, then run the following commands, saving their output to a
file and find a way to post these files to us (i.e. use a floppy
disk or something else, like a USB stick):
# pciconf -lv
> I would hardly describe it the way another newbie did one week
> ago. It was a good challenge. I'll wait until I'm a better
> administrator and there's more support for hardware I might
> The only really annoying thing was that I perpetually had
> trouble mounting my usb flash drive. I think this was a
> filesystem problem.
Mounting filesystems is probably not as intuitive or automatic as
it could have been. If you give FreeBSD another try, as I said
above, then you can try showing us the output of:
# usbdevs -v
Run this command when logged in as `root', save its output to a
file and post this file to us as a text attachment. We'll help
you with the rest of the things needed to discover more about
your USB flash disk and how to mount it.
> Thanks for any help you've offered,
You're most welcome. You know how to find us if you need more
help with FreeBSD either some time soon now, or later :-)
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