freebsd on an old compaq
joefat at mac.com
Tue May 6 18:41:17 PDT 2003
The Compaq (Now HP) Web site has a confusingly organised but very rich
resource of BIOS utilities etc. With some Compaq machines you need to
install a utility in order to gain full BIOS functionality.
Also, Doug is quite right, the FreeBSD boot floppies use the whole disk
so there is no room for a dud sector. Use a new disk to be sure.
Hope this helps
On Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at 09:53 PM, clayton rollins wrote:
>> On Tue, 6 May 2003 12:45:39 "Doug Poland" <doug at polands.org> wrote:
>> > Charley <bsd at agileemmy.com> said:
>> > I recently won a Compaq ProLiant 5000R in an auction on Ebay. It
>> > arrived yesterday and now I want to put FreeBSD on it.
>> Unfortunately, > I can't seem to find a way to cause the system to
>> boot from the CD and
>> > booting from the floppy returns an "Unexpected EOF" on the kernel
>> > (kern.flp). Is there something else that I need?
>> Check the BIOS for boot order or boot sequence and see if a CDROM
>> device is in the list. If it is, make it the first boot device and
>> As for the floppy, I've seen the "Unexpected EOF" error because of
>> old or bad floppy media. Try brand-new floppy disks.
> Hi Charley,
> On one of the older compaqs I recently worked on, there was no BIOS
> setting for the boot device. Instead the system looked ahead at the
> disks to find bootable disks and booted them in the order: cd-rom,
> floppy, HD.
> If that's the case, just put it in the drive and boot away. (Note that
> the disk has to be present during POST for this to work; put it in and
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