Saturday, June 23, 2007

Installing FreeBSD 6.2

FreeBSD is really really getting cooler with each release. Here is how it went, I downloaded CD1 of the FreeBSD (just for base and no ports) and then proceeded to install as follows. Chose 1 to BOOT, Select Country, Select Keyboard layout. Later the diskmanager comes, went to the partition on which I had installed 6.0RC1. I wanted to do a fresh install so I deleted it using 'D', then Create using 'C' and press 'Q' to save-and-quit diskmanager. The next screen is for slicing the newly created FreeBSD partition (with number 165), chose using up-down arrow keys and press 'A' for auto-slicing (works well for quick and dirty install like this), pressed 'Q' to save-and-quit slicemanager. Now comes the next screen for selecting packages, I chose the 'custom' and then selected 'ALL'. It also asks if one wants to install 'ports' tree with a cost of 440MB, since it is worthit, I say 'yes'.
Create the root password and a normal-user account as the installer asks.
Install the bootloader too at MBR. This will allow to boot any other OS you have.
My WinXP is coming as option F1 and FreeBSD as F2.
Now reboot. Chose F2 to boot FreeBSD and press enter... one more time to avoid 9 s lag!
Now I logged in as root and did the most important thing, getting the wireless card working!
I have this Motorola bcmwl5 card which does not have the FreeBSD driver. I repeated what I did for making it work in FreeBSD 6.0 [ follow and may be ].
To enable my sound card, I had to edit /boot/defaults/loader.conf and replace NO with YES at the snd_drv_ich using vi and card worked like magic. is a nice tutorial to enable SUDO [bob, bunny ALL=(ALL) ALL]
For autologin, I followed
To install Fluxbox -
For xmms-wma -
For mplayer, the security vulnerability thing has to be closed.
For playing the DVD, I found ogle and ogle-guimplayer very good [remember to disable quicktime using make config in /usr/ports/multimedia/win32-codecs].
PS: I tried to install the Mintlinux [ , Cassandra Light ] and Fedora7 [ ] live-cds, but seems like they are not meant for older pc anymore! I have 256MB RAM and PentiumIV, but it takes ages to boot these live cds!
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