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Date:      Tue, 30 Jan 2007 19:38:58 -0800 (PST)
From:      Andrew Gould <>
To:        Garrett Cooper <>,
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD 6.2 install CD causes immediate reboot
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> ----- Original Message ----=0A> From: Garrett Cooper <youshi10@u.washingt=>=0A> To:> Sent: Sunday, January 28,=
 2007 12:16:08 PM=0A> Subject: Re: FreeBSD 6.2 install CD causes immediate =
reboot=0A> =0A> =0A> -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----=0A> Hash: SHA1=0A> =
=0A> Erik Trulsson wrote:=0A> > On Sun, Jan 28, 2007 at 09:34:44AM -0800, A=
ndrew Gould wrote:=0A> >> I was given a Dell Dimension m200a yesterday by s=
omeone =0A> >> who recently upgraded.  I think it was created around 1997.=
=0A> >>=0A> >> CPU:  Pentium=0A> >> RAM: 48MB=0A> >>=0A> >> odd:  This PC r=
uns Win95; but has 2 usb ports.  Didn't =0A> >> Win98 predate usb ports?=0A=
> >=0A> > No, USB ports started appearing around 1996.  It took a while=0A>=
 > before they become widespread though.  The later revisions=0A> > of Win9=
5 did have support for USB, which was improved in Win98.=0A> > =0A> > =0A> =
> =0A> >> When I try to boot up with the FreeBSD 6.2 installation CD, =0A> =
>> the system tries to boot from the CD; but then reboots before =0A> >> an=
ything messages from the CD appear on the monitor.=0A> >>=0A> >> Is there s=
omething I can try, or should I just give up?=0A> >> I have a hard time thr=
owing functional hardware in the trash.=0A> >> Maybe I'm struggling too muc=
h with my own mortality; but =0A> >> that's a different discussion.  ;-)=0A=
> > =0A> > You could try booting an older version of FreeBSD (4.x probably =
since 5.x is=0A> > very similar to 6.x) and see if that works.  You could a=
lso=0A> > fiddle with various BIOS settings.  You could also try the boot f=
loppies.=0A> > =0A> > If none of that works I would give up trying to insta=
ll FreeBSD on that=0A> > computer.=0A=0ABooting with FreeBSD 6.2 floppies w=
orked.  Thanks!=0A=0AAndrew=0A=0ATry booting the CD without acpi / apm supp=
ort too. apm support with dell=0Ais fruity, and acpi shouldn't have really =
been supported all the way=0Awith the machine either.=0A=0AMoreover, you ca=
n try making a boot floppy with the BIOS update as the=0Acurrent BIOS versi=
on may not support Unix installs.=0A=0AI agree though--if you can't boot fr=
eebsd, you should give up. There are=0Aversions of Linux that may run on th=
e laptop though, so you can give=0Athat a shot as well..=0A=0AAlso just for=
 the sake of the archives, Win95 ver. b (basically SP2) did=0Ahave USB supp=
ort but it really sucked; I couldn't the machine to=0Arecognize a number of=
 USB devices with this version of 95. However,=0AWin98 made a big differenc=
e in this arena since they started properly=0Asupporting USB and so that's =
probably one reason why many people upgraded.=0A=0A- -Garrett=0A-----BEGIN =
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