Archiv für November 2010

How to configure FreeBSD on an Acer TravelMate 8371

November 21, 2010 - Markus Hoenicka
In a previous post I've explained how to install FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE on an Acer TravelMate 8371 and still be able to boot it. Now I'd like to share the details on the configuration which makes the OS usable in the first place. This is going to be pretty technical and a bit lengthy, and I'll make sure to include and explain all config files that I've created or edited. The reason why I'm elaborating on this stuff here is that The FreeBSD Laptop Compatibility List wouldn't let me create an entry.

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How to install FreeBSD on an Acer TravelMate 8371 ... and not brick it

November 18, 2010 - Markus Hoenicka
After about 5 years of almost daily use my laptop more or less fell apart. The built-in speakers have been mute for years, the battery plug was worn out, the battery itself barely lasted for 20 min when I unplugged the box, and the backlight no longer allowed to use any setting other than the lowest, making the box a nice companion for dark nights. This finally convinced me that it is about time to get a new one.

After a couple of weekends spent on surveying the market, I purchased an Acer TravelMate 8371 that seemed to suit my needs. Needless to say, it ships with an OS from Redmond that I simply don't care for. When I tried to install a far better replacement (aka FreeBSD), I almost bricked the box. Read on to see how to avoid this.

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