Slow Install CD

Karol Krizka kkrizka at
Wed Aug 31 02:58:29 GMT 2005

On 8/22/05, Karol Krizka <kkrizka at> wrote:
> On 8/22/05, Emanuel Strobl <Emanuel.strobl at> wrote:
> > 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.
> > 
> When the cd's boot loader asked me what to do, I pressed 1. I was
> thinking about disabling the ACPI too, but when I saw another option
> was "Enabled ACPI" I figured that it is disabled by default. I think
> it might be as scott said in the other email that i's reading from
> cdrom. It is a 52x cdrom, but I assume that the slow cpu has trouble
> with it no matter how fast it is.
I never figured what the problem was but NetBSD runs quite fastish.
Thank you for all your help.

> -- 
> Cheers,
> Karol Krizka
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Karol Krizka

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