just finished install

Paul Schmehl pauls at utdallas.edu
Sat Mar 19 14:14:01 PST 2005

--On Saturday, March 19, 2005 12:32 PM -0500 Francis Whittington 
<fewjr at adelphia.net> wrote:

> Hello All,
>     I just finished installing fbsd for the 8th time. I just want to get
> it up and running so I can start learning to use it . I have not gotten X
> to work yet on the bsd box yet....except when I used an old 4MB card. But
> X was too slow. Here is my setup now:     My main computer is WinXP
> (because the rest of the family uses it). It is connected to Adelphia
> cable modem via a D-Link, DI-524 wireless router. My Daughter is
> connected to internet via the WLAN. My freeBSD box is connected to modem
> via a crossover cable. bsd box has 96MB of RAM, Riva-TNT 16MB videocard
> on a intel 440 EX MoBo.     I was going to use the bsd box as a
> router/firewall, but i don't know enough yet...so it is just a stand
> alone station. My problem right now is that I want to be able to see the
> rest of the network from the bsd box. I cannot ping the other 2 machines.
> And without X, I am not sure what to use to see if I am hitting internet
> with it. Yeah...I know i'm a newbie.
> any thoughts _______________________________________________

A few.  Pick up a good book on Unix and start reading.  Go online and read 
networking HOW-TO documents.  Pay particular attention to the networking 
sections that explain how to set up network cards, gateways and routes. 
You don't need X to run the box *if* you know and understand the commands. 
Ifconfig will tell you the condition of your networking - whether or not a 
card is "up", what its settings are.  Read the man page for rc.conf.  You 
configure your cards there.  If you're connected directly to the same modem 
that the Win XP box is connected to, you *should* be able to see the Win XP 
box if you have your network set up correctly.

X is an whole 'nother kettle of fish, even for experienced folks.  See if 
you can find a friend who knows X well enough to get you started.  You can 
run x86config from the commandline and often get X working well enough to 
start it up, but you'll really need help to get it working right until 
you've got a little more experience under your belt.

Join a local users group, if you can find one.  Even a Linux users group 
would help.  There isn't that much difference between most *nix OSes wrt 
the basic settings and how they work.

It's going to take some reading and work to get going, but it's well worth 

Paul Schmehl (pauls at utdallas.edu)
Adjunct Information Security Officer
University of Texas at Dallas
AVIEN Founding Member

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