I am making my first attempt at installing FreeBSD 2.1.0 RELEASE and
am hitting a snag during the hard disk initialisatin process.
The system is an AST Premium 386DX with 6MB RAM, an 88MB IDE WD hard
drive, 1.44MB (A:) and 1.2MB (B:) floppy drives, a couple of serial
ports and an NE2000 network card. Nothing particularly *, as you
The boot floppy correctly identifies all the hardware, and goes to the
installation menu. I'm instaling a simple "User" configuration
(52MB). The entire disk is given a single FreeBSD partition as I
don't intend to use it for anything else. It has three labels: a 20MB
chunk for the root file system, a 20MB chunk for swap space, and the
rest for the /usr file system. So far, so good.
The hard disk init. begins and the hard disk light flashes at 3-4 sec
intervals as the root file system is initialised. After about 15-20
mins the init. process halts and reports a "Command returns 36", or
words to that effect (I don't have the system nearby). And that's as
far as it'll go.
So, here are my questions:
- Is this machine too weak / too old to run FreeNSD?
- If not, would a BIOS upgrade help?
- Is an 88MB hard disk too small for the "User" config?
- If so, what is the minimum amount of disk space needed?
- Is there a workaround for the mysterious 36 error?
Any help, advice, comments would be greatly appreciated. Useful
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