installing FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE on a Toshiba Satellite 325CDS

The Toshiba Satellite 325CDS was sold back in 1996. It sports a 233Mhz Pentium processor, PCMCIA bay (2-slots), 3.5 floppy disk drive and a CD-ROM drive that doesn’t support DVDs. I was fortunate to acquire a well kept unit for about $25 – it had Windows 2000 installed on the primary 2.5″ IDE harddrive.

Via Twitter, @sheridancompute suggested FreeBSD 7.3 would be the highest version of the operating system this Toshiba laptop would support.

So I went ahead and pulled the hard drive out and plugged it into a PATA/USB adapter cable connected to my primary FreeBSD server. I booted off a FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE disc, dumped a fresh installation on the drive and did a quick freebsd-update. Updated /etc/fstab to point from /dev/da0 (external USB) to /dev/ad0 (Toshiba) and plugged it back into the laptop. It worked like a charm. For now, no Internet connectivity until I can find a compatible PCMCIA-to-Ethernet card.