Installation Disc Won't Boot

lawrence.petrykanyn at lawrence.petrykanyn at
Sat Aug 25 08:16:50 PDT 2007

Hi, Manoliis:

I took your advice.  I copied the burned iso file into a FreeBSD directory 
and ran md5 and the check digits did not match.  I then copied my downloaded 
iso image from Win98 into FreeBSD and ran md5 and the digits did match.  So 
there was nothing wrong with the iso of disc1 that I downloaded from the web 
site into Win98.  It must have been the burning of the file in Win98 with 
Nero Express that was the problem.

So I burned another copy of the iso in FreeBSd with burncd using:
   burncd -f /dev/acd1 6.2-RELEASE-i386.iso fixate
and it booted just fine.

Thanks for all of your suggestions and advice.  Now I will be spending the 
better part of the weekend doing the installation of 6.2.  Wish me luck.

Have a great day,

>From: Manolis Kiagias <sonicy at>
>To: <lawrence.petrykanyn at>
>CC: freebsd-questions at
>Subject: Re: Installation Disc Won't Boot
>Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 21:34:12 +0300
>lawrence.petrykanyn at wrote:
> >
> >   Hi,
> >
> >   I am unable to boot from 6.2-RELEASE i386-disc1.iso.  I have
> >   downloaded it and burned it three times without success.
> >
> >   I am currently running Win98SE and FreeBSD 5.4 on a dual boot.  I had
> >   decided to reformat my hard drives so I reinstalled Win98SE and would
> >   like to install FreeBSD 6.2.  I downloaded the disc 1 iso image and
> >   burned it to a disc in Win98.  I had to boot from my CDrom to
> >   reinstall Win98 so I know that my boot priority is correct and that my
> >   CDrom is working properly.  I looked at the burned cd with the
> >   6.2-RELEASE i386-disc1.iso file on it in FreeBSD 5.4 and everything
> >   appears to be there, including a folder called 'boot'.  But I just
> >   can't seem to boot from it.
> >
> >   1.  Is there something simple I'm missing?
>Could be that you are burning the file as a real file on a disk instead
>of burning it as an image?
>You need to select the option from your program that is similar to
>"create cd from iso image"
> >   2.  Should I just try downloading (it takes four hours) and burning
> >   more copies again?  (I've already done it three times...)
>No. Instead you should check the file you already downloaded
> >   3.  Is the fact that I'm burning it in Win98 a problem?
>Not really, no
> >   4.  Is there anything I can do in FreeBSD 5.4 to see if the file is
> >   corrupted?
> >
>Yes. From the site you downloaded the iso files, download the CHECKSUM
>files as well.
>There are two of them, CHEKSUM.md5 and CHECKSUM.SHA256
>One would be enough to validate your download. For example look at the
>CHECKSUM.md5 file:
>For disk1, the checksum is:
>MD5 (6.2-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso) = 3d27214700687c0b5390e8b6dd3706e3
>you can validate this with the md5 command from FreeBSD, or if you don't
>wish to reboot from win98, here is and md5 command for windows:
>use something like:
>md5 6.2-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso
>and compare the output to the one on the file.
> >   BTW - I installed FreeBSD 5.4 from discs that I purchased through
> >   FreeBSD Mall.  I thought I would do it from the 6.2-RELEASE
> >   i386-disc1.iso file on FreeBSD's web site this time.
> >
>I've bought stuff from them: copies of the handbook, tshirts, sticker,
>beastie dolls :)
>Good service.
> >   Any suggestions, advice, or comments would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> >   Thanks,
> >   Larry
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>Best of luck,

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