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I'm putting it on an old machine that can't boot from CD. I've booted fromn the floppies on the installation CD, and I've arrived at this screen: Code: Welcome to ...
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    Need to install FreeBSD from floppies... how?


    I'm putting it on an old machine that can't boot from CD.

    I've booted fromn the floppies on the installation CD, and I've arrived at this screen:

    Code:
    Welcome to FreeBSD!
    
    1. Boot FreeBSD [default]
    2. Boot FreeBSD with ACPI enabled
    3. Boot FreeBSD in Safe Mode
    4. Boot FreeBSD in single user mode
    5. Boot FreeBSD with verbose logging
    6. Escaper to loader prompt
    7. Reboot
    
    Select option, [Enter] for default
    or [Space] to pause timer: 8
    I can't help but notice the lack of any "Install FreeBSD" option. What do I do?

    Thanks in advance.

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    When it says "Boot FreeBSD" it means initialize the installer.

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    Thanks for the help - I've got it installed and bootable now.

    I would normally have gone for the Boot FreeBSD option, but I really didn't want to do the wrong thing and have to go through the whole booting from floppies procedure again - apart from taking so long to read from them, I only had 2 working ones, so I had to keep copying the next floppy image onto the disk that wasn't currently in use... no fun.

    I should, however, have lots of fun with my new FreeBSD-in-a-wardrobe!

    My top shelf was empty, and I had an old system with no case...

    Not the best setup for efficient cooling, but it's only a 133MHz (I think) Pentium I, so no worries :P

    [edit]
    Ooh no, it's a 166! Woooo!

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    Hi Folks

    I'm in very nearly the same situation as N. Llama was - booting 5.3 from floppies because no CD-boot option on my old machine.

    Coming to the same "Welcome" screen as depicted (plus diablo represented in ASCII on RHS) - but, whatever option i select, it's just back to "put in the boot floppy" ... "put in Kernel 1" - "put in Kernel 2" - "put in Boot" - and round and round and round and round and round and round and round forever!

    Despite monumental (im)patience, plz help - i really need to get FreeBSD flying ASAP!


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    Hi Folks

    A postscript to the story - sysinstall comes up OK on another machine, but my old IBM PS/1 486DX2-66 just won't handle it and re-boots at that point. It's way past retirement age, anyway!

    Thankx for looking.


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