Plextor DVDRW not recognized during install

Paul Root ptroot at
Tue Dec 12 19:19:27 PST 2006

Yeah, FreeBSD does not yet recognize a SATA DVD drive. The
BIOS handles the original booting of the system.

Do you have a regular ATA port on the machine that you could
put an old CD or DVD drive on?

Why isn't ftp an option? No network? I'm afraid I don't have
another option for you. Maybe moving the distribution to
some USB drive?

On Dec 12, 2006, at 9:12 PM, Josh Abbe wrote:

> Hey everyone,
> First of all, I hope I am doing this (sending a mass email)  
> correctly.  I
> didn't see any instructions or guidelines, so here goes:
> I am trying to install FreeBSD 6.1 (Amd64).  I am a complete  
> newbie, but I
> thought I would be able to do it following the FreeBSD Hand Book.   
> Well,
> everything looked like it was going fine.  I chose a language/ 
> country, set
> the auto configuration for the HDD partitions, and eventually got  
> to the
> screen that asked me to choose which media to install from.  I chose
> CD/DVD.  Then, it gave me an error saying that the system could not  
> detect
> my CD drive.  Weird...since it seemed to know the drive was there  
> to get me
> to that point.
> Right now, installing over FTP is not an option.  I posted my  
> problem in a
> FreeBSD forum, but no one seemed to have any solutions other than  
> to send an
> email to the DL (as I am doing now).
> The drive I am trying to install off of is the (SATA) Plextor DVDRW  
> (PX -
> 716A/SW)
> I have an ASUS A8N32-SLI mobo, an 80 Gb WD SATA HDD (where FreeBSD  
> will go),
> a 150 Gb WD Raptor X (with Win XP currently installed), an AMD FX-60
> dual-core proc (2.6Ghz), a GeForce 7900 GTX, 2GB Corsair memory, Sound
> Blaster X-Fi, etc...  I cant think of any more parts that would make a
> difference.
> Thank you all in advance,
> ~Josh
> P.S.  Remember, I am a NEWBIE!!!  If anyone can think of anything  
> that I
> could try to get this working, please give very specific steps.  I  
> dont know
> anything about Unix yet, so everything I do comes right from the  
> steps in
> the manual.  Thanks.
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