BTX Loader crashes -- Help wanted
Ronald F. Guilmette
rfg at tristatelogic.com
Fri Nov 20 23:48:35 UTC 2009
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In message <7872.1258759936 at tristatelogic.com>,
Michael Powell <nightrecon at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>> The problem(s) occurs with FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE/i386 disk1 (CD),
>>> 7.0-RELEASE/i386 disk1 (CD), 7.2-RELEASE/i386 Live Filesystem (CD), and
>>> 7.2-RELEASE/amd64 Live Filesystem (CD).
>>Try 8RC3 and see if any difference. I believe some work in this area may
As I said (in my other post) that didn't help. :-(
While researching this problem (BTX v. SATA) I saw where someone recommended
booting from floppy first.
So I went and started to download images on boot floppies.
I haven't used this install/booting method for ages and ages, but I vaguely
recalled that you could get rolling with just a single boot floppy.
But now I see where they say you need the first boot floppy and then three
more "kernel" floppies! Yikes! Sounds like a bit of a pain.
So that gave me a Swell Idea.
I though "Hey! Wouldn't it be great if we could put all this stuff into
one single image and ``burn'' it onto a bootable USB thumb drive! I should
definitely write to the FreeBSD developers and suggest this Great Idea.''
But of course, since you directed me to 8.0-RC3, I had to go groveling
around in the relevant FTP directories to get that stuff, and while I
was there, of course, I saw:
Yippie! Some smart FreeBSD deloper is already way ahead of me! Marvelous!
Now all I need is instructions for how to use that .img file. (Fortunately,
I have a spare USB 1GB flash drive lying around.)
So I go groveling around, trying to find some mention of this .img file
in the README.TXT files and I find nothing. But Google is my friend, and
I found this:
which gives instructions for ``burning'' the image onto USB/flash.
But I have one question. The author sez to do this:
dd if=8.0-BETA1-amd64-memstick.img of=/dev/da0 bs=10240 conv=sync
I just want to know what the effect of conv=sync and why it might be
Anybody happen to know?
Why can't you just dd the thing?
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