Hello. Im trying to install Freenas 8 on an old Dell Inspiron 8000 that I have. The laptop has a Pentium 3 800mhz(i think) processor, 256mB of Ram, 40gb ide HD, floppy and CD drives. Im very new to freenas, and have never installed a freeBSD system before, however once upon a time I installed and used an Ubuntu system for a while. So I know next to nothing about linux. Now on to the problem.
Everytime I try to boot from the CD, it hangs after the message: "uhub0: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered". If I turn on verbose mode, I get the additional messages: "fdc0: output ready timeout". This message repeats a total of 7 times, 4 after the uhub0 message. This leads me to believe that it is hanging while trying to probe the floppy disk drive. I can not get it past this point no matter what I try.
Ive updated the bios, disabled pretty much everything including the floppy disk drive, and everything except power cord is unplugged. Ive also tried each boot option, and it always hangs at the same spot. I have not been able to find much of anything by searching, except I saw that after updating to 8.0.1, some people reported that their floppy drives were no longer working. I tried to boot the cd in a virtual machine with Parallels, configured very closely to my laptop, on my iMac and it worked perfectly, so I do not think that it is the cd.
I think this might be a FreeBSD problem, not particularly FreeNAS. I might try to install the beta4 next and see what happens.
Any help at all will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!