FreeBSD Installation Problems

Sukhbinder Singh sukhbinders at
Sat Mar 29 05:20:04 PST 2003

By the way, I am now installing FreeBSD version 4.7 not version 5.0 any

When I try installing it using the Floppy disk method it gives me a
different type of error message. This time it gives me an error message
 "unable to transfer the bin distribution from fd0 Do you want to try to
retrieve it again? Yes No " If I press yes it keeps on showing the same
error  message  "unable to transfer the bin distribution from fd0 Do you
want to try to retrieve it again? Yes No ". If I press No it gives me
another message like,
"unable to save boot -c changes to new kernel, please see the debug screen
(ALT -F2) for details. Then finally it gives me another message like
"MAKEDEV returned non - zero status. "  can anyone help concerning this
problem. Do I need to custom my the kernel first before setting anything up,
because I did went pass the kernel configuration stage, I did not do any
kernel configuration or custom configuration on kernel but passed it.



Sukhbinder Singh" <sukhbinders at> wrote:
> >     First, I made the 2 image floppy disk for the 2 image files by
> >downloading them from These 2 files are kern.flp and
> >msfroot.flp. I also downloaded and made an image disk for drvivers.flp
> >to download the drivers at the installation process.
> Sounds like you are trying to install the 5.0 version.  I would advise
> anyone who is fairly new to FreeBSD to try 4.7 instead.  You would need
> to obtain the 4.7 images for kern.flp and mfsroot.flp.  There is no
> driver.flp for 4.7.
> <snip>
> >I have 2 MB of my hard disk space devoted to FreeBSD.
> 2MB isn't enough! I presume you meant 2GB :)
> <snip (all ok so far)>
> >Then in the next screen I get another window
> >with a request message like "Do you want to try DHCP configuration at the
> >Interface ? Yes No ". I selected No and proceeded to the next level of
> >installation process. In this next level, I get a big screen called the
> >"Network Configuration" window to proceed with my ftp. I think or suspect
> >this is where the problem is.  This window has 7 fields which it requires
> me
> >to enter. These 7 fields are host, domain, ipv4 gateway, name server,
> >address netmask :, extra option to ifconfig. I do not know any
> >regarding any of the fields. If I leave all of these fields empty, the
> >installation program prompts me with an error message like "must specify
> >host name of some sort !"  Then I just entered a host name for the host,
> >like and pressed enter to proceed all the way through the 7
> >to the OK button.
> You definitely need some more entries there.  Choose something that you
> would not find on the net for domain.  I use the rather boring my.domain
> and the hostname can be any word you like.
> You must insert a valid IP in the Name Server (DNS) field.  If you usually
> use Microsoft Windows to connect to your ISP, you should be able to see
> the Name Server address by using winipcfg while connected.  Or you may be
> able to find this from your ISP's www help pages, or contact their Tech.
> Support as a last resort.
> Without a Name Server the installation won't be able to convert a name
> like into a number (  And therefore will
> not be able to connect.
> It would probably help to put an entry in the interface netmask field.
> should be ok.
> <more snippage>
> >It fails to download freebsd automatically from the freebsd ftp site like
> >it should. Any help will be helpful.
> I hope this is helpful.
> Good luck.
> John.
> I did what you asked me to do. This time I had a little bit of progress
> still I got a differen error message. I used the windows command winipcfg
> command to get the DNS information. As I indicated in my previous mail
> are 6 fields in the windows in the "Network Configuration" window where
> these 6 fields are  host, domain, ipv4 gateway, name server, IPv4 address
> netmask : , extra option to ifconfig.
> The hostname I typed as :-   foo
> The domain name as you indicated in your mail that you used my.domain I
> used my.domain
> The netmask automatically chaged to :-
> The name server address or the DNS address after checking using winipcfg
> was: but when I use the arp command it gives me a different
> address instead. It gives me instead. The ipv4 gateway
> information is blank with no information on this. The IPv4 information is
> also left blank with no information  and the extra option to ifconfig is
> also left blank with no information. I chose to download using FTP. after
> keying in all the information like the login name, password and the
> telephone number for my ISP, I tried connecting, I got an error message
> " Cannot resolve hostname '' ! Are you sure that your name
> rver, gateway and network interface are correctly configured ?" then I
> pressed enter after this I got another message like "Killing previous PPP
> process 34". Can anyone help regarding this problem. Any help will be
> helpful.
> thanks,
> sukh

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