laptop install problem - usb cd drive

David Banning david at
Fri Jun 27 08:49:30 PDT 2003

On Thu, Jun 26, 2003 at 08:04:15PM -0400, William O'Higgins wrote:
> The Challenge:
> An old laptop, with no OS that can only boot from a floppy.  I want to
> install FreeBSD.
> I have a USB CDROM, but I cannot make it bootable at the BIOS level.
> I have a network card (PCMCIA) but no knowledge of how to get drivers
> for it on a FreeBSD install floppy.
> I'm pretty sure I'll have to either install entirely from floppies (not
> worth the time) or from the CDROM or network, but I don't know how to
> make those devices work from a blank hd and a floppy.

Couldn't you install with the two floppys, then download the rest
via ppp or pppoe?

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