Installing FreeBSD on Laptop

doug doug at
Mon Jun 2 12:10:29 PDT 2003

I assume you tried to configure the kernel before running the install

Assuming the handbook:

or the hardware notes:

Do not cover your hardware, I would ask the hardware question to
freebsd-mobile at and/or hardware at There may be a
driver that will recognize your CDROM.

On Mon, 2 Jun 2003, Gunther, Dean (Dean) wrote:

> I have a Midwest Micro Elite Soundbook laptop that I would like to
> install FreeBSD on. The box is a Pentium 75, with 40MB of RAM and a 2GB
> hard drive so it should be doable.  I started out to try an load from an
> ftp site using the 3COM 3C589D PCMCIA card but was unable to figure out
> how to get FreeBSD to recognize the card.  I have a BackPack CD-ROM
> drive (parallel port connection) that I use with the laptop, but I was
> unable to find any information on whether or not I could get it to work
> to install FreeBSD. 
> I created the boot floppies and was able to get the install shell going
> but without any access to the install files I was at a loss how to
> proceed.  I guess if I really wanted to I could try a floppy install,
> but I was hoping for something a little quicker.  At home I have a cable
> modem and a linksys NAT box providing internet access so ftp does not
> sound like a bad way to go, but I wasn't able to figure out how to get
> the system to recognize the PCMCIA card.  If there is a way to use the
> BP CD-ROM that would be even better, but again I couldn't find any
> reference to backpack's or even parallel drives so that has not been a
> fruitful avenue to look down. 
> I am still kind of new to FreeBSD and UNIX, but I am trying to learn.  I
> thought that installing FreeBSD on my old laptop would be a way to keep
> it somewhat useful if only for web-surfing and/ or playing around with
> some scripting work I would like to try to do. 
> Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
> Dean M. Gunther
> Q-Agent
> Lucent LWS
> dgunther at
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