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I installed OBSD from the CD instal image as per the instructions at openbsd.org. It reported that the installation had been successful, but when I rebooted at the end of the process, my laptop locks up with a snowstorm effect on the screen. Tried installing the same CD on a second laptop and all went well so am wondering if there's a hardware incompatibility with laptop 1 here somewhere. Can anyone see any possible problems from the results of this hw query below?
00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 671MX
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AGP Port (virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge)
00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS968 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 01)
00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:03.0 USB controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.1 USB controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.3 USB controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
00:04.0 Ethernet controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 191 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev 02)
00:05.0 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SATA Controller / IDE mode (rev 03)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:0f.0 Audio device: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Azalia Audio Controller
00:1f.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter (rev 10)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
SiS is actually fairly stable and reliable, at least from my history with them.
Did you burn the media on the fastest/optimial setting of your burner's software?
Just a side note, but I've had issues with Free/PC-BSD on a laptop as well. BSD actually is, from my history with them, a bit iffy on laptops.
I am aware of the speed limitations one gets with some burners/disks so always go for half the recommended/claimed speed at most.
BTW, whilst initially appearing to install no problem on the other laptop, that install has since gone tits-up as well, which is disappointing. Perhaps 5.4 is flaky? Or maybe just doesn't like laptops!