Installing with FreeBSD

Note: You will need your FreeBSD Installation CD to complete this task.

To install the Adaptec RAID controller driver while installing FreeBSD:

  1. Insert the FreeBSD Installation CD.
  2. Insert the USB driver disk.
  3. Restart your computer. (Be sure to boot from the installation CD!)
  4. When the FreeBSD start screen opens, select 2 for 'Escape to Loader Prompt'.
  5. Type: load kernel
  6. Type this command to locate the USB drive: lsdev
  7. Assuming the USB drive is disk2s1, type this command:
    load disk2s1:aacu.ko
  8. Type this command: boot
  9. Complete the FreeBSD installation, as usual. When finished, remove the installation CD, but not the USB driver disk, then reboot.
    Note: Be sure the system is configured to boot from the controller's bootable array, not the USB drive!
  10. To ensure that the driver is loaded automatically as a module at boot time, repeat Steps 4-7, then complete the steps below.
  11. Type this command to boot to the kernel: boot
  12. Login as root, then type:
    dmesg
  13. Assuming the USB drive is da1s1, type this command to mount the drive:
    mount -t msdosfs /dev/da1s1 /mnt
  14. Install the driver package:
    pkg_add /mnt/aac9x-amd64.tgz
    Note: The distribution also includes driver packages for FreeBSD 8.
  15. Reboot the computer.

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