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Date:      Thu, 17 May 2007 18:12:21 -0400
From:      Eric Mesa <>
To:        Chris Slothouber <>
Subject:   Re: Problems installing freeBSD 6.2 on older computer
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Chris Slothouber wrote:
> On 2007-05-17 16:50, Eric Mesa wrote:
>> Chris Slothouber wrote:
>>> On 2007-05-16 19:41, Eric Mesa wrote:
>>>> Just acquired an old computer from someone and want to put
>>>> freeBSD on it.
>>> (snip)
>>>> acd0:  FAILURE - READ_BIG ILLEGAL REQUEST asc=0x64 ascq=0x00
>>>> 5. Then it gives me:
>>> Hi Eric, Have you tried disconnecting the CD drive and doing an
>>> FTP install?
>>> - Chris
>> That still leaves me at mountroot> prompt and I have no idea what
>> to do there.
> What are the errors presented before that?
> It sounds like it can't mount the kernel floppy image for whatever
> reason.  I'd have to suggest that you've try other floppy disk
> drives and disks to rule out those as points of failure.
> Also think of the drive that you used to make the floppy diskettes.
>  Since floppies rely on an magnetic medium, with heads to record a
> stream of data across the surface, certain types of alignment
> issues can occur. Think of this like a cassette tape recording that
> sounds fine in your stereo at home but has a horrible hissing sound
> in your car.  Or even the white 'noise' with rented video
> cassettes, where one must adjust the 'tracking'.
> I wouldn't give up on this yet but certainly try other floppy
> drives in both ends and different diskettes.  You could even try
> using the *same* floppy disk drive to make the floppy disks in
> another computer and re-transplant it back into the target machine.
> I hope these suggestions help!
That didn't quite work correctly.  It apparently caused the CD to
become the filesystem which meant I couldn't install.  I couldn't
figure out a way around it.
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