Slow Install CD

Emanuel Strobl Emanuel.strobl at
Tue Aug 23 03:25:45 GMT 2005

Am Dienstag, 23. August 2005 05:09 CEST schrieb Karol Krizka:
> Hi,
> I managed to come accross this old Compaq Proliant server and wanted
> to try it out for a personal webserver. Since I wanted to try out BSD,
> I decided to go with it as the operating system. My choice distro (or
> what do you call it?) was FreeBSD because I use Gentoo Linux and it's
> package system is a rip-off of FreeBSD's ports. I figured that would
> be the easiest transition.
> Now, I am not totally sure which model the server is, but I know that
> it has a 200Mhz cpu and 128 MB of RAM. Suprisingly after I booted it
> up (after several tries) I saw the WinXP bootlogo and soon was at the
> login screen. If it can run that, it can run almost anything! So I put
> the bootonly bsd cd that I downloaded a couple of days ago and got it
> to boot. That went well, exept there is a bit of a problem. The input
> is veeery slow. I press a down arrow and have to wait a minute for it
> to happen. There was no lag in the installed XP, so what might have
> brough about it in BSD?

Hmm, I can't see any reason for that symptom, have never heard before and 
can't verify that, but I'd suggested to disable ACPI and see if that 
helps. Often you get old hardware with broken ACPI BIOS implementations, 
and I guess you won't find a standard compliant update for a 200Mhz 
anything (guessing i386) CPU!
So try to set 'hint.acpi.0.disabled=1' in /boot/loader.conf
If that helps, please provide feedback, then probably your BIOS has to be 
blacklisted, so nobody else has to run into the same problem.

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