FreeBSD 2.2.9 / Installation problem

Kris Kennaway kris at
Thu Mar 15 18:12:42 UTC 2007

On Thu, Mar 15, 2007 at 12:28:12PM +0100, Christian Walther wrote:
> On 15/03/07, Nino Ivanov <niivanov at> wrote:
> >Dear Sir or Madam,
> >
> [...]
> >
> >The target machine is a HP Omnibook 600c laptop with 8MB RAM, a 486 DX4
> >processor, 300 MB disk space. No CD drive. No network available. External
> >floppy drive without DMA. (I tried NetBSD, but because of the lack of DMA 
> >it
> >did not work properly.) The functioning of the floppy drive is critical,
> >being the machine's only practical means of communicating with the outer
> >world. Due to cost and time considerations, no upgrades are possible. If 
> >the
> >target machine is not suitable for an installation of FreeBSD, please let 
> >me
> >know so I stop further attempts.
> I guess you're without luck in this case. AFAIK FreeBSD needs at least
> 64 MB RAM to work happily. I tried installing it on an P1/133MHz
> Laptop with 16MB RAM, and it freezes after a few minutes. And it's
> dead slow.

Well it is only true of more modern versions that they do not function
well on systems with e.g. 8MB.  FreeBSD 2.x was happy with as little
as 4MB.


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