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Date:      Wed, 22 Jun 2005 00:47:06 +0200
From:      Daniel Gerzo <>
To:        "SHands" <>
Subject:   Re[2]: 5.4 Installation Problems on Dell GX280 - Fatal trap 12
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Hello SHands,

Wednesday, June 22, 2005, 12:37:57 AM, you thinks about:

> I've had a nightmare trying to get 5.4 (also tried 5.3) to work on a
> Dell GX280 - which had exactly the same problem. In the end, I ended up
> using a serial link to get the install done and then got inetd setup so
> that I could troubleshoot over the network.

> This didn't help long term as the keyboard didn't work once I'd
> restarted after finishing the install. I stumbled on this script which
> seemed to do the trick:

> .html

> I used telnet to get at rc.conf - but there probably are other better
> ways.

> It seems a shame that Dell (and other manufacturers) are phasing out old
> 'legacy' hardware like the good ol' PS/2 ports. It's just a good job
> that they didn't kill the serial port on this particular machine! (yet)

 that sux, indeed :-(

> Hope this helps,
> Stuart

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Vaughan [] 
> Sent: 21 June 2005 22:10
> To:
> Subject: 5.4 Installation Problems on Dell GX280 - Fatal trap 12

> I am trying to install FreeBSD 5.4 on a Dell GX280 and am getting a
> Fatal trap 12 supervisor write, page not present error.  From what
> I've read, this is an ACPI problem which I could disable if I had a
> PS2 port, but the GX280 doesn't have them.  Has anyone gotten 5.4 to
> run properly on a GX280 using option 7 to boot with usb keyboard?

> -John

 So long, I can say that I'm able to use gx280 on 5.4. I was able to
 install it from CD with usb keyboard using option 7 - boot with usb
 keyboard. No fatal trap 12. The only problem I had is that I wan't
 able to use HTT.

 (but it was my fault I think :-) and since it is considered to be
 harmful and it doesn't really boost up machine's performance, I'm
 not solving it.)

Best Regards,

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