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Date:      Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:25:08 +1030
From:      Andreas Junius <>
Subject:   Re: Can't install freebsd/pcbsd
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <>
References:  <> <1322508308.13740.23.camel@z6000.lenzicasa> <>

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I've checked the compability list and there is an entry for the Acer
notebook. Unfortunately a bit old and not quite informative. My problem
isn't dual boot or Windows, my problem is that I can't get the installer
started - the installer gets trapped in an endless loop. There used to be
Win Vista on that machine, which got killed by an update. It is now running
Ubuntu successfully (albeit without WLAN) but I'd prefer FreeBSD. I know
that the Acer stuff is crap but throwing it away is not an option ;o)
Any ideas how to get the installation started? Maybe there is a particular
value to set in the BIOS?


On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 6:40 AM, <> wrote:

>  On Mon, 28 Nov 2011, Sergio de Almeida Lenzi wrote:
>  Em Seg, 2011-11-28 ?s 18:53 +1030, Andreas Junius escreveu:
>>  Hi all,
>>> I'm trying to install freebsd on a notebook for quite some time. It is an
>>> Acer Aspire 9302AWMSi with a
>>> AMD Turion 64 Mobile CPU.
>>> I tried freebsd 8.2, pcbsd 8.2 and pcbsd 9.0 .
>>> Unfortunately the installation routine gets trapped in some kind of
>>> endless
>>> loop. Version 8.2 starts up and restarts again as soon the kernel gets
>>> loaded. With version 9.0 I come to a menu and when I select any of the
>>> choices, the computer restarts again. Any advice what I could do? Or is
>>> it
>>> simply impossible to install freebsd on this kind of notebook?
>>> Cheers,
>>> Andy
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>> Hello.
>> I do now know about the other persons, but I swear to NEVER EVER
>> buy an ACER product again....
>> Their bios is buggy, (does not map pci devices...),
>> the dma is broken, the memory dumps core,  and
>> they do not care about the users....
>> I bought a Lenovo with AMD vision (very cheap and good notebook)  and I
>> it works very well.
> Check out the compatibility list:**
> freebsd/index.html <>;
> I would be very surprised if you can not install FreeBSD 8.2. Xorg is
> unfortunately another matter. If you can easily reinstall windows (I assume
> you want to dual boot) you can try to install only FreeBSD and see if that
> works. Windows 7 uses a different scheme that makes dual booting more of an
> issue than it used to be. If you google that or have access to questions
> archive there are instructions and/or experience on doing that. I use a
> Dell 17" inspiron which works fine but Xorg does not yet support the video
> or the wifi card (both Intel). What I did to get dual boot working does not
> track with most of the other experiences with windows 7. I assume that is
> Dell related.
> I forget what the exact term is, but if you use the built-in partition
> manager to split the disk and then make a restore disk set, you can easily
> get back to that configuration. I found that installing 8.x at worst takes
> away the MBR so that only FreeBSD will boot. Take the standard install,
> accept the geometry, take the default slice definitions, the minimum
> footprint, and no ports. That should take 10-15 mins or so. If the ethernet
> card is supported use csup or freebsd-update to get to the 8.2_release.
> I have no experience with FreeBSD 9.0 (has a new GUI install) or pcbsd.
> Following the above should be straight forward unless the compatibility
> tells you your hardware is not supported.
> I hope this helps,
> DougD
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