Installing FreeBSD ver. 8.2

Carl Johnson carlj at
Sun Jan 8 04:52:29 UTC 2012

Polytropon <freebsd at> writes:

> On Sat,  7 Jan 2012 15:05:55 -0800 (PST), leeoliveshackelford at wrote:
>> (1)  Does anyone know how to get FreeBSD to read the
>> motherboard name?  This name, on an xw4400, starts with
>> "HP" followed by a eleven digits, and is given in Windows
>> XP as "Full Computer Name" on the "Computer Name" tab
>> of the "System Properties" window.  Among other purposes,
>> this name is used by Novell network operating system to
>> distinguish hosts on a subnet.
> The OS provides the output of dmesg and maybe the
> output of pciconf -lv, as well as the sysctl value
> dev.acpi.0.%desc which may contain the required
> information. However, I'm sure there is a program
> in the ports collection that can be used to obtain
> that kind of information.
> Try:
> 	dmesg | grep "HP"
> 	sysctl -a | grep "HP"
> 	pciconf -lv | less
> and see if there's such a number mentioned. Maybe
> you can also use acpidump to retrieve that information
> from the ACPI datasets.

The 'kenv' command seems to have the board name available as
'smbios.system.product'.  The 'kenv' command without arguments will show
all values, so you can make sure that is the proper variable.

Carl Johnson		carlj at

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