Install on 486 with floppy reboots after mfsroot

matthew matthew at
Wed Feb 11 18:19:11 PST 2004

On Thu, 12 Feb 2004, Brent Bowman wrote:

> Hello all, I've got a question about the install of the current FreeBSD.
> I am using the floppy install, and I dd (I'm a linux user) both the
> kern.flp and mfsroot.flp onto floppies, then I follow the instructions
> on this site:
> I get to the end of step  " Booting for the i386™"  where it
> tells to boot the kernel and no matter what I do, it just reboots the
> computer!  Therefore it looses whatever it tried to put in memory and
> starts over again.    How can I get it to go to the kernel setup?
> My Hardware:
> IBM PS/Valuepoint 486  33MHz
> 8 MB RAM
> 2 x 212MB HD
> 3-COM network card
> no CDROM
> Thanks,  Any help would be appreciated

This might sound silly, but I would download the *.flp again.
I would find two different floppy disks and use those.
I think the FreeBSD handbook even says to try it 2-4 times
before asking. Floppies are just that bad.

Maybe it will help, maybe it wont. Good luck.


> Brent
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