Freesco v0.3.4, released ?/?/2005

Files in this archive

date-uix.tgz			UNIX time client for freesco time server.			Windows time client for freesco time server.
freeTimeClient			New Windows time client with graphical interface. Courtesy of Dingetje.		The registry modifications for use with PPPoE clients.
make_fd.bat			Batch file to create a fresh freesco floppy disk.
rawrite.exe			Program to write raw disk images to floppy disk. 
safe_fd.bat			Batch file to install the syslinux bootloader in safe mode.
fast_fd.bat			Batch file to reverse the changes made by safe_fd.bat without wiping the disk.
freesco.034			Raw floppy disk image of freesco 0.3.4			Syslinux installer. (used by safe_fd.bat and fast_fd.bat)
freeTimeClient.exe		Windows time client.
nullmodem.txt			Readme for installing a null modem connection.
nullmodem98.inf			Win98 nullmodem inf file.
pure-ftpd.1.0.12.tar.bz2	Source code for pure-ftpd.
dnsmasq-1.14.tar.gz		License, Docs, source code, and man pages for  dnsmasq
LICENSE.txt			The Freesco license agreement.
kernel.dx			Replacement kernel DX CPU's for a 20K free space increase.

To install

Use make_fd.bat to create a floppy disk, boot from the floppy, type setup, configure your router and reboot.

SPECIAL NOTE: If your router has a math co processor such as an DX processor, then you can copy the
kernel.dx to the floppy and gain 20K more free disk space.
the provided in the zip file to the floppy and replace the kernel that is there by default.
Make certain to remove the .sx extension so it is just name "kernel" first.

There are three system passwords you will be asked to set during setup. The "root" login allows you to
log on at the local console or via telnet. The initial password for the "root" login is also "root" and
the ppp password which is not used, but still set for security. Also if you have the control time server
enabled (recommended in "s" mode), you can use the "admin" login from your web browser, the initial password
is also "admin".

You can change both passwords later from advanced settings in setup, or change the root password with
the passwd command, and change the admin password from the http control panel itself.

If you cannot boot past the messages "loading ramdisk....' or "loading kernel....", 
you can try running safe_fd.bat - it will rewrite the syslinux bootloader to an already created 
freesco disk, but in safe mode. This may allow freesco to boot on some machines with buggy or 
non-standard BIOS's. It will boot slower however.

To install your router on a hard drive you first need to prepare the drive - it should be formatted
with a bootable dos partition. (FAT16 or FAT32) Freesco can share the partition with an existing install
of DOS or Win3.11/95/98. Everything is installed under a directory called ROUTER, except router.bat which
is in the root directory. Other directories/files are left untouched.

Once you have this, boot from the freesco disk, and at the first screen use the mv2hd command. The router
and any configuration you've done will be copied to the hard drive. Your system will reboot automaticly
when finished. You will need to remove the floppy and either edit autoexec.bat to launch router.bat 
automatically, or if the drive is otherwise blank you can just rename router.bat to autoexec.bat. 
Although if you plan on installing packages it is recommended to use a seperate autoexec.bat file
and run scandisk in automatic mode, so that it will run at each boot before Freesco starts. 

If you alter your configuration on the hard drive later you can save the changes back to the original
floppy disk with the "backup" command. The floppy disk is now still bootable but configured with the
updated settings and is useful as a rescue/backup disk. NOTE: addon packages and other extras are not saved.


If you get a message saying no network cards were found or have other problems with network cards,
you probably need to install an extra network card driver module, please download
and consult the documentation in it.

If you have a processor that has a math co-processor built in, then you can
copy the kernel.dx to the floppy. You MUST first rename the kernel.dx to
"kernel" so it will replace the existing kernel on the floppy.This will 
provide 20K more free disk space.

Please refer to the online documentation for any further information.

Help with problems can be found at
You also can be informed about security/updates to FREESCO by signing up
to the security/update mailing list. Just send an email to

freesco/manuals/03x/readme.txt.txt (60189 views) · Last modified: 2006/03/16 01:56 (external edit)
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