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Date:      Tue, 1 Jul 1997 16:29:58 -0500 (CDT)
From:      "M. L. Dodson" <>
To:        Questions@FreeBSD.ORG,
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD installation failure
Message-ID:  <>

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> I'm writing you today because for about a week now I've been trying to
> install FreeBSD on my system.  I am installing it from a recent cd-rom
> media edition 2.2.2 release.
> Ok, lets start off with the problem.  When I boot from my cd-rom to enter
> the installation stage everything starts out fine.  It boots up the kernel
> successfully and brings me to the next step which is the kernel
> configuration table.  From there, I have 3 choices.  I always choose the
> visual mode for kernel entry modifications.  Next, I arrive at another
> screen that is my userconfig table and here's the problem.  At the top of
> the screen it tells me that I have 23 device conflicts.  Now, it seems, my
> only choice is to reconfigure every device to avoid conflicts. 
> So, what I decided to do next is disable any drivers in the active range
> of the list that aren't present in my system.  Then, alter the drivers
> parameters in the editor table.  After, I pressed the q key to save the
> parameters and exit.  Then, I was presented with a type of menu describing
> the type of installation I wanted.  I chose the novice installation as
> recommended.  Now, I have a dialog box telling me that the operating
> system was installed with errors and that I should go trough the debugging
> process of VTY1.  I don't have a clue of what VTY1 debugging means. 
> I also need to mention that at some point during the installation I
> encountered two panic incidents that forced my system to shutdown.  The
> two panic strings that were caught: signal 10 and 11. 
> Ok, my questions are as follows:
> 1) How do I use the VTY1 debugging mode?

The various virtual terminals are activated by pressing alt + the function
key corresponding to the terminal you want to activate.

> 2) Is there some way to avoid having to reconfigure every device on my
>    system?

If you still have conflicts after visual config, you likely have real
conflicts or irq number, port address, etc.  Make sure that you don't
have these.  Plug and pray hardware is a big offender here.

> 3) What do these panics represent?

If it is signals 10 and 11, that likely means bad motherboard, cache, or
ram, or some combination thereof.  Try turning off cache in the bios.  If
that fixes it, complain to your motherboard manufacturer.  Unix exercises
the hardware much more vigorously than Windoze.

> I hope I gave you all the details needed to help me resolve the problems. 
> If you need more details or info please feel free to email. 
> Thank you for your time and understanding.

M. L. Dodson                      
409-772-2178                                FAX: 409-772-1790

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