On Sat, Feb 08, 2003 at 04:29:52AM -0700, Eichert, Diana wrote:
I just inherited a Dell Precision WorkStation 730 at
work, right before it goes to the junk pile. So I
thought I'd try to get FreeBSD 5.0 running on it.
First, I did all this from keyboard/vga monitor
connected to the system.
When I boot with the mini-inst CD in the drive it
fails looking for a kernel. ls'ng the CD shows a
kernel.gz and mfsroot.gz. more'ng the loader.rc
under fs2a:/boot I see the list of commands the
loader would walk through, except the files it
references are not gzipped's files.
Steps I follow (I'm typing this from memory):
load fails, are gzipp'd kernels supported?
Yes, they are. You probably need to give a pathname. Try prefixing
a slash (load /kernel.gz).
Probably the easiest way to install FreeBSD is to copy the files
from the EFI partition on the CD to the EFI partition on disk.
The loader has fs0: hardcoded for now, which messes things up when
you already have an EFI partition.
BTW: A quick search on the Dell site does not give me anything
about the 730. Did they gave it an early retirement?