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sillydog701
16th March 2004, 04:18 PM
Hello all,
Has anyone tried to install Linus or FreeBSD under Virtual PC for Mac? Do you have success stories?

I failed to install Mandrake 9.2 sometime last year. Recently, I tried to install FreeBSD 5.2.1 under Virtual PC 6, it's half way success. I can't get the XFree86 (XWindows) running. Can anyone tell me what I need to configure?

Thanks.

The error message:
http://ant.sillydog.org/blog/pic/ss_freebsd01.jpg

Byrd
16th March 2004, 05:43 PM
Can I ask why you're wanting to install Linux or FreeBSD under Virtual PC? It'd be as slow as a dog on any Mac - especially when you can get a PPC compatible version of Mandrake 9.2 as is.

JB

sillydog701
16th March 2004, 08:17 PM
Expected question.

My PC laptop is slow, PIII 850MHz and very small HDD. Since I paid for Virtual PC, I should use it for more than Windows. I don't really run Windows or FreeBSD that often, but it would be cool if I can do that under Virtual PC, in other words, FreeBSD under Mac.

I know there's YellowDog, Mandrake (PPC), but then I would need to run Mac under Linux OR have additional partitions, kind of pain.
Also, YellowDog and Mandrake are both Linux. I prefer FreeBSD to Linux, as real UNIX (a flavour of UNIX) rather than a UNIX clone.

the_argon
16th March 2004, 09:01 PM
Have you setup/configured X at all? what it's saying is that either there is no config file or it doesn't have access to the file to read it.

I am not sure exactly how Virtual PC works, never used it. But you will need to check and make sure that the config file exists (/etc/X11/XF86Config) and that X11 has permission to read from it (from within VPC.)

If everything seems ok, please post the contents of the config file here, someone may be able to point out the problem.

decryption
16th March 2004, 10:30 PM
Originally posted by sillydog701@Mar 16 2004, 09:17 PM
My PC laptop is slow, PIII 850MHz and very small HDD.
A PIII 850MHz is slow? :P

sillydog701
19th March 2004, 08:26 AM
thanks for the suggestion, the_argon.

And yes, PIII 850 is very slow when you only have 192MB RAM.

decryption
19th March 2004, 08:36 AM
Originally posted by sillydog701@Mar 19 2004, 09:26 AM
thanks for the suggestion, the_argon.

And yes, PIII 850 is very slow when you only have 192MB RAM.
Well then the CPU isn't the bottleneck here is it? :P
Try put 512mb of RAM in that laptop, and then things should be nice ;)

sillydog701
27th March 2004, 10:41 PM
Finally, I got XFree running on FreeBSD 5.2.1. FreeBSD 5.2.1 was installed under Virtual PC 6 for Mac.

http://ant.sillydog.org/blog/pic/ss_freebsd03.jpg

What was the problem? I did not configure the video card, the monitor, and the screen :(
I thought I did.

Well, running anything under Virtual PC is slow, particularly my G4 is slow. Will get a new Mac very soon.

elvis
28th March 2004, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by sillydog701@Mar 19 2004, 08:26 AM
And yes, PIII 850 is very slow when you only have 192MB RAM.
This is BSD we're talking about, not Windows. 850MHz and 192MB RAM is plenty.