Here I describe how to and any issues getting FreeBSD 9.2 on this nettop.
To install FreeBSD, follow the ever easy to follow Handbook…click here. You can also use my install guide for FreeBSD 9.1, pretty similar…click here.
- with 9.2, the BIOS with the Acer doesnt seem to like GPT partitions. You’ll need to use MBR in the partition section of the Handbook. With GPT it wont recognize the drive.
- With partitioning in MBR, you need to do a Manual partition instead of Guided when you come to the Install. You will Delete the very top GPT partition. Then Create a new one but using MBR. Specify the whole drive and no mount point. You should see the first partition show up underneath the top one. Highlight it.
Now we need to create two partition. One for the root (/) and one for SWAP. This is just a single drive, no reason to get fancy with different partition tables, just always back up your shit.
Partition swap – hit Create. In the name you see “FreeBSD” change this to “Freebsd-swap”, specify the size. Here the general rule of thumb is usually twice the amount of RAM. if you have 2 GB go with 4GB swap. Thats all.
Partition #1 – hit Create. Leave the name the same. Use the rest of the size left. And for mount point put a ” / ” (forward slash for root). Don’t put the quotes.
USB3 – It works but there seems to be an issue. I will have to check into it. I was in Gnome, went to do a copy/paste from my USB 3 drive to my desktop and my computer did a reboot right away. I put the USB drive on USB2 port, did a fsck to recover it and mounted it manually instead of automatic thru Gnome. I did a copy thru command line and it works. So once I get my data off of it I will test different scenarios.
***** UPDATE on USB3****** USB3 on 9.1 will not work correctly on this device. I saw in the forums that there was a fix for 9.2 release. 9.1 sees it as USB3 but any device you plug into the USB3 will show up on the USB2 bus.
Package management – If you want to switch to PKGNG, which is the newest utility, follow the Handbook but if you have any issues, see my Forum post HERE. the fix is towards the bottom.
Thats is all. It picked up most of my hardware except for Wifi, I never planned on using it anyways so I never loaded the drivers.
Follow the rest of the Handbook or my guide for installing the system and getting it up to speed. Good luck and happy computing!