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Date:      Sat, 18 Oct 2003 10:52:05 -0700
From:      "Wes L. Zuber" <wes@uia.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Cc:        Frederick Bowes <fred@k1x.org>
Subject:   Re: Pentium 120 reboots after loading mfsroot floppy.
Message-ID:  <C9159713-0193-11D8-9DBA-003065767D74@uia.net>
In-Reply-To: <4465imsbz0.fsf@be-well.ilk.org>
References:  <.128.250.18.41.1066262739.squirrel@www.k1x.org> <4465imsbz0.fsf@be-well.ilk.org>

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Almost every time I see a reboot problem as you describe it is 
hardware. Not always but 99 out of 100. Reseat all the mem and the 
cards. Usually it is bad mem for me, but power supplies, mother boards 
have also been the culprit. Having said all that It does seem to be a 
bit lean on the mem size. I wouldn't run it will less than 32mb.

--Wes



On Oct 18, 2003, at 10:16 AM, Lowell Gilbert wrote:

> "Frederick Bowes" <fred@k1x.org> writes:
>
>> I was hoping to try out FreeBSD on an old machine I have been given
>> (Pentium 120, 514MB HD, 8mb ram) and it reboots after loading the 
>> mfsroot
>> floppy disk. You insert the disk, it goes /|\|/ for a while then 
>> reboots.
>>
>> What might cause this problem?
>
> Depends on the FreeBSD version you're trying.
>
> You might just be short on memory, though; a system should still be
> able to run in less memory that, but it may need more to install.  I'd
> expect it to get further than that point, though.
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