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While looking for a laptop I could use for my new job at security company Madison Gurkha I came across Brian's Linux on the Fujitsu Lifebook S-4546 page. Well, in July 2001 I tried to buy the S-4546, but finally got the successor called the S-4572 in August 2001, and decided to create a similar web page but then for FreeBSD users.
Ordering did not go very well. I ordered a S-4546 which would be delivered in around 2 weeks. After postponing the delivery some 3 or 4 times they found out that the S-4546 had been superseded by a new model, the S-4572 with a faster CPU (750Mhz instead of 600Mhz). That one arrived in 2 weeks, however, it came with a Dutch Windows2000/Windows NT installation while I explicitly ordered an English version. I aksed for an English media kit so I could reinstall the thing with an English version of Windows2000 but that was too difficult to deliver. So I agreed for a full swap of my Dutch notebook with an English notebook that should arrive at the end of August. Fortunately I have not installed too much software on it already, and the FreeBSD install was just a first experimental install on a small partition to see if it works. It will also give me the opportunity to reverse engineer the initial Windows2000/NT install process with a FreeBSD fixit floppy.
My S-4572 came with a (Dutch, see above) dual Windows 2000 / Windows NT4.0SP6 setup and you have to choose one during the first boot. I choose the Windows 2000 option. As soon as my English notebook arrives I'll try to find out how it works exactly; for the 'reverse engineering' done so far see the Installation planning section.
English notebook: 4.4-RC3 went OK. On September 6 a new -stable kernel panic'ed the machine with a page-fault in pcic_pci_attach.
For USB to work correctly you should have "USB floppy disk" set to "Enabled" in the BIOS.