I've installed FreeBSD, and I'm stuck at a # or a $ sign.
This # and $ signs are command prompts. You have successfully
installed FreeBSD, and can begin entering Unix/FreeBSD commands to
further configure, setup, and use your FreeBSD machine.
If you are looking for the GUI (Graphical User Interface), you
must setup the XFree86 server and a desktop environment. XFree86
can be configured by going back into the /stand/sysinstall
After logging in as root, insert the first installation CDROM,
type "/stand/sysinstall" then press enter. This will bring you
back into the installation utility where you can navigate the
menus to Configure. The XFree86 menu item configures the X server,
while the Desktop menu item configures and chooses the default
Many new and recent video cards are not supported by XFree86
3.3.6. However, XFree86 4.x is included on the FreeBSD CDROMs. For
information on installing and configuring this, consult the XFree86 chapter
of the FreeBSD Handbook.
For additional information on XFree86 (supported device, and so
on), consult the XFree86
Project web site.
How do I install FreeBSD on an addition hard drive and keep
booting from my existing one?
When your computer boots, it determines the boot device from
either the BIOS or SCSI BIOS.
Usually, this will be your primary hard disk (primary channel,
master) or SCSI ID 0. Whichever the case, the boot sequence
requires a way to jump from the frist hard drive to your second, or
perhaps even third, where FreeBSD is installed.
To do this, you will need to write the FreeBSD BootMgr to each
drive. This is done from the Disklabel Editor window of the
installation. Be sure to choose each drive (even if you don't wish
to install FreeBSD there) and write the BootMgr to each of them.
When you boot, the BootMgr will load, showing options of the
Operating Systems on the first drive and another option to jump to
the next drive. When you jump to another drive, you will be given a
new list of Operating Systems, and an option to jump to the previous or
How do I install FreeBSD with a USB Keyboard?
By default, Sysinstall attempst to use the PS/2 port keyboard.
But do not worry, FreeBSD has support for USB keyboards as well.
In the kernel configuration menu, delete the atkbd0 device from the
Input Device category. Continue installation as normal, you should be
able to use your USB keyboard.