system hangs on; "Probing devices, please wait (this can take a while)... "

Ryan Coleman ryan.coleman at
Thu Jul 22 14:19:32 UTC 2010

I agree, but I might start pulling parts and see if it works then. swap video cards if you can, etc.

On Jul 22, 2010, at 3:28 AM, Thomas Mueller wrote:

> Rich, if you can't get either the installation CD or live-file-system CD to 
> boot (FreeBSD), maybe your computer is allergic to FreeBSD?  I've had that
> problem with both FreeBSD and NetBSD on the older computer (Cx486DX-2 at
> 66 MHz; 1.2 GB hard drive).  One thing that could possibly help is if you
> could get a custom installation kernel or running kernel, but you'd need
> a different computer to build it on.  
> Any way to cross-compile a FreeBSD kernel from NetBSD or Linux?  Does anybody
> know?  NetBSD guide tells how to make customized installation kernels and
> media, but I see nothing like that for FreeBSD.
> You might read the sysinstall man page from FreeBSD web site.  Under NOTES
> This product is currently at the end of its life cycle and will eventu-
>     ally be replaced.
> Under BUGS, toward the end
>     This utility is a prototype which lasted several years past its expira-
>     tion date and is greatly in need of death.
> I guess you and I both agree on this last statement.  I also have to say that
> splitting the installation sets into 1392 KB chunks like base.aa, base.ab, 
> and so on, is much less user-friendly and more error-prone than one .tgz or
> .tbz file for each installation set: base.tgz, etc.tgz, man.tgz and so on.
> Tom
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