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Okay, so I took another shot at installing FreeBSD on my old WinME box. I prepared the bootloader floppies for a FTP install, and when it finished with the first floppy it printed out:

Please insert disk 2. Press any key when ready...

So I pop in the next disk and press enter. Nothing happens. I check the wires and start banging the keyboard trying to find the 'any' key. No results :[

I then realize that I've got a USB keyboard, so I fumble around for my USB->PS/2 adapter. Which, I notice, has a picture of a mouse on it. And is green. I plug it in anyway, and restart the installation.

Please insert disk 2. Press any key when ready...

So I pop in the next disk and press enter. Nothing happens. I check the wires and start banging the keyboard trying to find the 'any' key. No results :[

After chatting some on #gamedev, trapdoor and sirob inform me that the keyboard is probably the problem, that I either need a new PS/2 adapter or an old PS/2 keyboard to use until I get the USB drivers set up.

Then I find a PS/2->9-pin Parallel port adapter. omfglol. So I jack that together to form a monstrosity and start the installation up again.

Please insert disk 2. Press any key when ready...

So I pop in the next disk and press enter. Nothing happens. I check the wires and start banging the keyboard trying to find the 'any' key. No results :[

Oh well. No FreeBSD for me until I manage to find working hardware :[ :[ :[
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Then you may need to disable it, why you got through the inital install.
FreeBSD 6.0 supports USB HID's so once it's past the inital install, it may be trying to get the USB data directly, but your BIOS is routing it as standard keyboard. I've run into this quite a few times in Windows and FreeBSD

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holy crap, that's what the problem was!! (kind of)

I have 2 usb like... port thingies on my old box. So the legacy usb keyboard support only works for the rear ports, not the front ones I was using. Switching the keyboard over to the rear ports fixed the problem.

Thanks a lot to everyone that helped! Hopefully I won't run into any more icky issues and will have a fully-functional UNIX environment :] :] :]

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