Netbooks & BSD

four.harrisons at four.harrisons at
Thu Oct 21 08:49:29 UTC 2010

Sorry for top posting - I'm stuck on my phone.

I successfully installed FreeBSD on my Lenovo Ideapad before the memstick image was available by pulling the circuitry guts out of a USB HD and hooking it to a standard internal IDE CD-ROM. Wasn't pretty, but it worked.

Best avoiding Ideapads generally though because of ACPI issues.

Peter Harrison

From:	"David Brodbeck" <gull at>
Subject:	Re: Netbooks & BSD
Date:		20th October 2010 19:33

On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 10:32 AM, Gary Kline <kline at> wrote:
>         Sure,  the optical uses [I think] a USB connector.   Pretty  sure
>         that  all these tiny "toys" are made at one factory! and then
>         labeled  by the vendor.   If  all the opticals are essentially
>         the  same, then great.

I think they all pretty much follow the same standard. I've even had
success using an IDE CD-ROM drive plugged into a USB-to-IDE adapter
cable, before.
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