swapping hardware

Manolis Kiagias sonicy at otenet.gr
Thu Apr 10 19:09:45 UTC 2008

Jean-Paul Natola wrote:
> Believe me , I wish I knew how to do something weird with the kernel- I'm
> still wet behind the ears in BSD land.  This machine , believe it or not , I
> use a mail filter server-  BSD/CLAM/SA and EXIM-   and I only putty into it-
> no X no video nada- but it should* recognize  and install the drivers for the
> video and nic? that is my main concern 
No X --> No problem on video. The text console works on any graphics 
Since the network card will be different, you will have to redo the 
network settings. If you know the brand / type of the netcard in the new 
machine, have a look at the hardware list of 6.2 to see if it is supported.
Have a look at your old network settings in /etc/rc.conf
The following lines are of interest:

ifconfig_<drivername>="inet xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx netmask xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx"

Hostname and defaultrouter will not change, what you will have to change 
is the <drivername> to match the new network card. You can redo the 
whole configuration from sysinstall (Configure -> Networking -> 
Interfaces) or simply find out the name of the network card from there 
and change it yourself. You will need to connect a keyboard and screen 
into the system, as your not - most probably - going to have networking 
at first boot.

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