To begin with let me supply you with a list of my hardware.
Motherboard : Asus P/I-P55TP4XE
Cpu : Intel Pentium 120Mhz
Ram : 32 Mb 72 pin non parity
Cache : 255 Kb sincronous
CHIP SET - Triton I (xx430fx)
FD : Nec 1.44 Mb
HD : IBM DJAA 1.7 Gb
: SEAGATE ST-9385AG 341 Mb
CD- ROM : Acer CD-767E 6x ATAPI
Video Card : Cirrus Logic 5430
Monitor : IBM 8513
OSes : DOS, OS/2, Linux (all on the IBM DJAA and accessed through th
OS/2 boot manager.)
(Cuurently BSD is installed on the Seagate and is accessible through
the OS/2 boot manager)
Basically the motherboard is a PCI/ISA bus with Eide HD controller,
PS/2 mouse, 1 parallel port ECP&EPP, 2 serial ports w/ 16550A chip.
Having said all of that, I shall begin describing my installation
I started off by having the seagate HD as a slave to the IBM on the
first controller and the cd-rom as slave on the second. I booted up
with the ATAPI floppy boot disk. The subsequent probing got almost
everything right. It saw the second IDE channel at io_address 0x170 at
irg 15 but it did not see the cd.rom. The installation procceeded but
I was not able to access the cd-rom.
I then switched configuration by placing the seagate HD as master on
the second eide controller and the cd-rom as the slave. I booted from
the Atapi floppy and this time the probing saw the seagate HD on the
second controller and the cd-rom, reporting correctly that it was an
Acer CD-767E. I managed to install FreeBSD (I used the novice
installation in all cases and I chose the developer w/ kernel souces
option). Having completed the installation I rebooted only to find
that the FreeBSD boot sequence would go through all the probing (not
seeing the cd-rom as expected) and then give me a panic string which
was 'unable to mount route'. It would then sync the disks and start an
automatic reboot (the message 'Automatic reboot in 15 seconds - press
a key on console to abort' was given). I did try pressing a key but
the sistem just rebooted. I then tried install various levels of
FreeBSD (user, developer user w/ X free...etc) but with the same
results. I then tried, with the same HD configuration, installing the
SW from a dos partion, but that didn't improve my results.
Finally I switched to my original configuration (Seagate as slave to
the IBM HD on the first eide controller and cd-rom as slave on the
second) and installed from a dos partion (on th IBM HD). This was
successful to the extent that I was able to install the selection :
kernel developer w/ X windows.
I finally had a version that I could use and configure at will. Infact
that is exaclty what I did. I re-complied the kernel in order to
include the cd-rom and the ps/2 style mouse. Rebooting the sistem
introduced me the usual probing of the sistem. The second eide
controller is seen but not the cd-rom which remains a slave on that
controller. I have also tried eliminating in the kernel file used for
compiling the serch for the third and fourth HD on the second eide
controller, but that did not change anything. I've also noticed that
there is no evidence in the probing part of the boot-up of the ps/2
I also tried invoking 'startx' for X windows but I get the following
message 'command not found'. I tried '/usr/X11R6/bin/startx', but I
get xinit not found. It obviously seems to be a path problem but I
haven't been able to find a file in which to include the directory. I
tried the file /etc/rc but that didn't give me any results.
Can you give me some help on these matters.
Further more how can I configure a keyboard map file so that I can use
my keyboard (ID141 it iso) and the the US mapping ?
Thanks for all your help
Kamus Internet Consulting
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