I can't install freebsd5.0 on an old 486

John Murphy jfm at blueyonder.co.uk
Mon Apr 28 11:41:22 PDT 2003

pierangelo <iyn74 at yahoo.com> wrote:

>  I'm tring to install on an old 486, with 16mb(!)
>ram, 33Mhz, 800Mb disk
>and a VGA video..
>  /stand/sysinstall seems to hang..
>I didn't find any kernel configuration menù, as I read
>on freebsd handbook.

<snipped lot's of good details>

>     Better give up and say goodbye to that old,old pc?

Not necessarily.  FreeBSD-5.0 is very new and the kernel has debugging
features built in which may cause difficulty with just 16M memory.

You could try putting more memory in, or try FreeBSD-4.8.

If that doesn't work, perhaps due to an unusual 486cpu (Free wouldn't
install on a TI486 I recently tried), you could try NetBSD.

Good luck

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