Newbie stuck with kernel config (well sysinstall seams to hang)

David Jones david_a_jones78 at
Fri Apr 9 19:04:51 PDT 2004

Hello.  I’m struggling with my first install of FreeBSD
(4.9 from CDROM).

I can find my way around the kernel config (visual and cli)
but when I quit this, the sysinstall menu appears and my
keyboard is dead (reset button doesn't work either).  I
have tried to supply as much relevant information as
possible from Windows98 that is currently installed, and
put what I see from an “ls” in cli kernel config mode in
“[..]”.  I’m looking for some advice to move forward –
likely problem areas / other debug I can obtain that might

I’m more experienced with redhat, and if I try booting that
in text mode it dies as soon as it tries to boot the

Thanks for any help at all,

PentiumIII MMX 500MHz, 128Mb RAM
ATAPI CDROM (Secondary slave)
Seagate 3GB Generic IDE Disk Type46 (Primary master)
NEC Multisync XV15 monitor

Standard PCI Graphics adaptor VGA (in AGP slot) – IRQ11
                                [vga0 0 0 ..
 (I set this with “irq sc0 11”)  Sc0 0 irq11 flags 0x100]

Hard disk controllers;
   Intel82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller – IRQ14
      Primary IDE Controller (dual fifo) – IRQ14
                                       [ata0 0x1f0 irq14]
      Secondary IDE Controller (dual fifo) – IRQ15
                                       [ata1 0x170 irq15]

Compaq Standard 101/102-key Keyboard – IRQ1
                             [atkbdc0 0x60
                              atkbd0  0     irq1 flags 0x1]

Standard serial mouse

Floppy drive – IRQ6 [fdc0 0x3f0 irq6 drq2]

Numeric data processor – IRQ13 [npx0 0xf0 irq13]

Programmable interrupt controller – IRQ2
                                   [nothing assigned irq2]

CMOS real time clock – IRQ8 [nothing assigned irq8]

System timer – IRQ0 [unset irqs appear as 0]

PCI to USB controller – IRQ12 [psm0 0 irq12]

Additional info;

Other drivers assigned irqs;
sio0 0x3f8 irq4
sio1 0x2f8 irq3
sio2 0x3e8 irq5
sio3 0x2e8 irq9
ppc0 0     irq7

ed0  0x280 irq10
ie0  0x300 irq10
lnc0 0x280 irq10
sn0  0x300 irq10

number of EISA slots to probe: 10

Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
Award Plug and Play BIOS Extension v1.0A (PnP OS disabled
in BIOS).

When booting the BTX info looks like this;
BIOS drive A: is disk0
BIOS drive B: is disk1
BIOS drive C: is disk2
BIOS drive C: is disk3  <---??

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