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Date:      Wed, 15 Apr 1998 12:49:45 +0100
From:      "Sie Raybould" <>
To:        <freebsd-bugs@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Wont even boot from the floppy on my laptop
Message-ID:  <000101bd6864$adbffa20$0580dec2@sie>

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I ran FreeBSD for a while on my old TI4000M without problems a while back
and now have need for UNIX on my new laptop.

I have tried the 2.2.2-RELEASE boot floppy and it gets as far as:

Booting the kernel
BIOS basemem (639K) != RTC basemem (640K), setting to BIOS value
Copyright (c) 1992-1997 FreeBSD Inc
Copyright (c) 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993
              The Regents of the University of California. All rights

FreeBSD 2.2.2-RELEASE #0: Tue May 20 11:16:09 GMT 1997

Then the system hangs and cannot be reset, except by switching the power

I also tried booting with -c, no different.

Then I tried downloading 2.2.6-RELEASE boot floppy and it was also no

The machine is an AJP badged laptop actually made by the Kapoc Computer
Company in Taiwan. These machines are sold in hundreds of countries under
differnent names. Here in the UK, I have seen them badged as AJP and MBC. In
Switzerland, I have seen them as "Microspot".

The spec is:

233MMX Intel Pentium
64Mb RAM
Chips and Technologies 65555 graphics with 4Mb
15.1" XGA (1024x768) TFT LCD panel
ESS1879 3D sound system
Standard 1.44 3.5" floppy
1 Parallel port
1 Serial port
2 USB ports
Fast IR
2 PCMCIA slots (I have 3C589 ethernet and Adaptec 1640 SlimSCSI in them)

Is there any way I can switch tracing on or something to see how far things
are getting, or to see what is casing the boot to hang ?

Thanks in advance,


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