System hang when installing 5.1

Thor Anderson thor_anderson at
Sat Nov 29 11:07:53 PST 2003

I have flashed BIOS to latest version - no change.

A Google search located another person with the same computer and problem as 
I.  His lockup was while installing RedHat Linux.  I post a reply below:

---> The OS should either be built with USB keyboard support so
---> that when the USB host controller driver disables legacy
---> emulation you still have a working keyboard, or the OS
---> should be built with _NO_ USB support, so that the BIOS
---> will continue providing legacy emulation support for your
---> keyboard & mouse.

Does this make sense?  If so, how can I get an updated ISO image to begin my 
installation?  I do not have any working FreeBSD systems, so can not build 
the kernel myself.

Thanks for the help!

>From: "Aaron Myles Landwehr" <aaron at>
>Reply-To: aaron at
>To: thundergod at
>CC: freebsd-questions at
>Subject: Re: System hang when installing 5.1
>Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:13:20 -0000 (GMT)
>When i first attempted to install freebsd via cds(4.8 annd 5.1)
>My pc would hang on boot exactly like yours(at the same point). I
>attempted to flash the bios on the pc with a newer version. After the
>update i had no problems booting 4.8 or 5.1.
> > I am attempting to install 5.1 on two identical IBM NetVista Model 6645
> > W2U
> > legacy-free computers.  When booting from the distribution CD, both
> > computers appear to hang immediately after to boot loader is located:
> >
> > ---------------------------------------------------
> > CD Loader 1.01
> >
> > Building the boot loader arguments
> > Looking up /BOOT/LOADER... Found
> >
> > (no further activity)
> > ---------------------------------------------------
> >
> > I am installing FreeBSD 5.1 which was purchased in the boxed "Power 
> > Previously, I attempted to download the ISO for 4.9.1 and it hung 
> > any message at all.  The system is able to successfully boot and begin 
> > installation of other operating systems (various Microsoft OS's).
> >
> > Being legacy-free, the system is a bit unusual.  It has no PS/2, serial 
> > parallel ports.  Further, it does not have a floppy drive.  The only
> > drives
> > it has are CD ROM and a 7.x GB hard drive.  The only connectors are (5)
> > USB,
> > (1) PCI ethernet (Intel chipset), VGA, and sound.
> >
> > When booting the FreeBSD 5.1 CD, I have only a VGA monitor and a 
> > USB keyboard.
> >
> > I don't know what additional information I can provide.  If you need 
> > -
> > just ask.  Thanks in advance for your help.
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