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Date:      Sun, 18 Jan 2009 13:26:36 -0500
From:      William Gordon Rutherdale <>
To:        Roland Smith <>
Subject:   Re: Cannot get ethernet off the ground
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Okay, I had a busy week but finally got back to this machine and made a 
fresh attempt at installing FreeBSD on it.

I followed your advice and made the whole hard drive into a gigantic 
partition mounted on /, except that I also created a 20GB swap partition.

Everything installed fine, including configuration of the ethernet adapter.

So now I'm in on the FreeBSD world.

Thanks for the help.


Roland Smith wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 08:08:16PM -0500, William Gordon Rutherdale wrote:
>> I'm afraid it's gone from bad to worse.
>> The 7.1 system may have recognised the ethernet adapter, but it seemed 
>> to fail writing to the hard drive.
>> I got this during installation:
>>                    Progress
>> Extracting GENERIC into /boot directory...
>>                    Message
>> Write failure on transfer! (wrote -1 bytes of 1425408 bytes)
>> /mtrt: write failed, filesystem is full.
>> -------------
>> I think I allocated decent size partitions for /, /var, swap, /tmp, 
>> /usr.  I made multiple attempts.  Kept getting errors.
> The 'filesystem is full' message might imply that the partition for root
> is too small. What were the filesystem sizes you chose? There should be
> an item in the main install menu to start a shell. If you take that
> option and use the 'df -h' command, you should see the sizes of the
> mounted partitions.
> What happens if you just make one giant partition?
> Roland

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