ftp install

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Thu Nov 27 07:52:28 PST 2003

John Ball <derrrrrrick at yahoo.com> writes:

> Hello I am trying to install freebsd over ftp on an older(266mhz pentium) noname laptop. 
> Following the instructions I am stuck at one point...when I get to the boot: prompt how do I get to the kernel configuratoin menu? There is some inconsistency between the instructions and my install. Maybe its  my floppies?

Which version? You need 5.x to handle CardBus, but 5.x is still
slightly experimental, so the manual may not reflect it as well 
as 4.x.

> I have gnet firewall/router.


> I try to install over ftp, sysinstall asks me about slip/ppp info so I am assuming that my nic(xircom cardbus 10/100, model:rbe-100) isn't loading the drivers correctly or there is perhaps a resouce conflict. I have read the section of the install instructions that discusses this, but I can't seem to get to that point in the install...I go from the boot prompt(skipping kernel configuration menu) straight to the sysinstall menu.
> What am I doing wrong? How do I confirm that my NIC is loading right or is there some other setting for dhcp that i am missing?

Watch the messages as the kernel is booting, and see if it notices the
NIC or even the bus it is on.

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