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Old 11th May 2008
J65nko J65nko is offline
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You don't need an internet connection to boot the installation floppies. The FreeBSD handbook Section 2.3.7 Prepare the Boot Media describes the steps for a floppy boot. has a screenshot of the messages you should see when the floppy is booting.

Please note that these are for FreeBSD 7.0, which is the latest production release.

An alternative would be to get the CD/DVD drive on your Compaq working as a boot device. Then you could create a FreeBSD installation CD and boot from it.
You don't need to be a genius to debug a pf.conf firewall ruleset, you just need the guts to run tcpdump
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