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More FreeBSD

I learnt some new stuff. CvsUP is pretty neat. I learnt the hard way that when you do a make buildworld you have rebuild the kernel the non-traditional way. My kernel wasn’t compiling and for a moment I thought I would have to go through all that madness with write failure on transfers again. See, I was trying to get Mozilla to work. It wasn’t finding some shared libraries… at least the downloaded one wasn’t. So I tried to install it from /usr/ports/www/mozilla and /usr/ports/www/mozilla-devel. However, both died on some perl errors. I was also trying to install cups, and this wasn’t working either for the same reason. They were both dying on some errors in Perl5.0x. It was due to an outdated perl module. But anyway, I decided I should reinstall EVERYTHING. So I ran /stand/sysinstall and reinstalled everything through FTP. Best install I ever did. Sure, it took longer, but I had no stupid write transfer errors. Also, all my old stuff was still there. My kernel config file, my X Windows config file, and rc.conf were all there. I just had to edit hosts.conf. Everything else was fine. Even the programs I had installed before were there. Well, Mozilla works now. There are two other things I am trying to get to work. The first one involves trying to access my printer (which is currently hooked up to my XP box) from FreeBSD. I installed cups and samba and installed my printer from [url:http://localhost:631]http://localhost:631[/url]. However, lpstat says that my printer is disabled and jobs stay in the queue. So I’m not sure what’s wrong. The other involves trying to get a working version of Doom Legacy.

Anyway, through all of this has been very helpful. There are a lot of people out there who are willing to help you out… After I’m a little more comfortable with FreeBSD, I plan to put up some documentation on this site. I totally love FreeBSD… I think the lines are being drawn… =) I can see why it’s better than Linux! Oh yeah, Mozilla is a pretty good browser. However, I wish they implemented support for IE filters. I’m not sure what their DOM is like, but they probably should all switch to Microsoft’s (sounds horrendous, but it’s the best choice, really) JavaScript DOM. It’s the best one. Netscape has it all backwards. I’m not sure what Mozilla’s DOM looks like, but like I said before, they should implement support for filters… I can’t see my own website on my FreeBSD box because I use filters extensively… cross browser? Yeah RIGHT! Ha!

Sound works

I’ve got sound working on my FreeBSD box. Finally. I tracked it down to a conflict between the onboard card and the sound card from my old HP Pavilion. I thought the card was a Soundblaster Live! But it turned out to be some wierd (unsupported) sound-modem combo card called Chameleon. I read that it’s a crappy card, so I decided to go with my onboard card. Recompiled the kernel and now it works fine… Still having network issues… I can talk to the other computers on the LAN… My WinXP box is the gateway and the FreeBSD box recognizes it… but it can’t talk to anything outside… =|

Productive… Sort of…

I was sort of productive… I came up with an algorithm for Lab 8. Then after reinstalling FreeBSD like 10 million times (I hate those damned Write Transfer errors) I have finally got it set up… sort of… The sound doesn’t work. I can’t hear anything. I’ve got the box talking to my WinXP box, but I can’t use the ICS on the WinXP to talk to the rest of the world. I’ve got the XP box set up as a gateway, but there still seem to be issues. Through all of this madness, I learnt quite a bit about creating device drivers, recompiling the kernel and editing rc.conf… I like FreeBSD…

LINT is bad

I figured out my mistake. LINT is bad. I should have used the GENERIC kernel when recompiling… Well anyway, after many aborted attempts due to “Write failure on transfer” errors. I still haven’t figured out why that happens. Whatever it is, it’s lame. Right now I can fix it by switching the installation CD from one drive to the other and/or restarting the machine. Well anyway, right now I’m in the process of recompiling the kernel with USB mouse support and sound enabled… I’m crossing my fingers…

Broke the Kernel

I broke the kernel while trying to configure my sound driver. Didn’t do anything strange. Just rebuilt the kernel. However, when I rebooted, I got a cryptic message displayed in dramatic red text:

pmap_bootstrap: no local apic!

I searched on Google and found links to cryptic C code. I didn’t feel like wading through it. I vaguely remember it having to do something with pin mapping. I don’t have anything of importance on the server yet, so I’m reinstalling everything… This is going to be a pain…

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