This step by step install is a hand written record, while the install took place. Disregard any typo's
Let me start by saying that the BSD's are very responsive & quick, so do not hit buttons rapidly. :lol:
I might, make a openBSD/ solaris/pitbull LX guide in the future, if I have the time.
openBSD & solaris/trusted solaris actually are the fastest two installs & downloads.

This freeBSD 5.1 install was executed VIA CD/DVD-ROM
And the ISO was downloaded from

Pre Install measures:

  • Download Aida32 from these mirrors
you will need to print out the specs for most of your hardware
video card

[*]After you have set your BIOS to boot from CD_ROM you may continue.

(This install method is for using the whole HDD only)

Install method:
[*]1.Place cd labled freeBSD 5.1 into drive & reboot.
[*]2. Choose [s]tandard install
[*]3. Choose [d]elete partitions using the up/down arrow keys by using the letter [d]elete
[*]4. Choose [a]ll use entire disk space
[*]5. Choose [Q] finish
[*]6. Boot-manager [Yes]
[*]7. Choose [A]uto Defaults
[*]8. Hit the down arrow key &Choose [A]LL Packages. Then hit the up arrow key to [E]xit
[*]9. If you have to CD/DVD-ROMS it will see them both choose cd-0 or just hit [ENTER]
Packages are being installed at the moment, go grab a coke !
Congrats freeBSD is now installes ................not quite buddy
[*]10. Choose [Y]es to configure you ethernet.
[*]11. IPVC Choose [N]o
[*] 12. DHCP Choose [Y]es ****Scanning Servers*******
Fill in a host name anything then hit enter till you get to the [O]K then hit enter.
[*]13. Gateway [Y]es
[*]14. FTP [N]o
[*]15. NFS server [N]o
[*]16. NFS client [N]o
[*]17. Security Choose [N]o for moderate
[*]18. config console [N]o
[*]19 UTC -BIOS [N]o
[*]20.Time Zone [Y]es
[*]21.Linux Binary [Y]es
More packages being installed at the moment, drink your coke.
[*]22.Mouse PS/2 [Y]es
[*]23.Choose 2 to test your mouse dameaon
CONFIGUREX at this time yes ( this is why you need Aida32 records of your harware. CHOOSE [YES]

ConfigureX accordingly to your Aida32 records and follow directions on the screen and the end it will ask you if you want to write this to configX choose [y] enter.

[*]25.Now choose what desktop you want I like Blackbox,IceWM & KDE I will suggest you choose KDE here for right now.
package time

[*]26.Would you like to take a look at the ports collection....its up to you . [y]es/[N]o

[*]27.Would you like to add a User or group Choose user this will be your primary limited user a non root account
Fill out the name and the password.

[*]28.Now make a password for ROOT

[*]29.Choose [Exit install] using the arrow keys.
[*]30.Last minute changes [N]o

System will reboot make sure you have cd out when it does.

Now you will get to a login screen
login: thermalglacier
password: **************
$ type in here


If it failed to start you need to configure X properply you may do this by typing


Password: (your root password)
$type in here


Written by: WEATHER CHANNEL aka M!k3 BON0

-If FreeBSD is going to be the only O/S installed, the boot manager isn't needed.

-It's not a good idea to configure the system as a gateway unless that system is going to be used as a gateway/router. For a standard install, they should choose [N] when asked if they want to configure the system as a gateway.

The FreeBSD Handbook is the best place to find answers for installation questions, or for information on anything regarding the FreeBSD system configuration.