[nycbug-talk] FreeBSD on a Soekris 4801 with CF Card

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Wed Jul 9 16:51:17 EDT 2008

I have done this many times for years, but since it's so infrequent, I 
tend to reinvent the wheel each time it's done.  Therefore, I thought 
I'd post to 'talk' for others' benefit. . . and so that maybe I'll 
rediscover this post the next time I google about it :)

Background:  I usually boot a box on a FBSD cd with the CF card in a 
reader and install there. . .

The CF card shows up as a 'da' device, ie, da (4)

Minimal install of FreeBSD.

Once install is done, I go to the shell (ALT-f4) and make the following 
changes before the bootstrap box is rebooted:

in /etc/rc.conf
	change the install box's network adapter to the Soekris' sis

in /etc/fstab
	change the 'da' devices to 'ad0'. . . and remove CD drive (s)

I'll probably dump in a noatime in there. . .

	PermitRootLogin yes as it's needed to do initial configurations

	add hw.ata.ata_dma="0" to deal with DMA errors of a 2 gig CF card and 
Soekris bus.

Once on box, I also do an:

atacontrol mode ad0 pi04 (instead of the default UDMA100)


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