misc/135016: sysinstall needs support for USB devices

Joseph S. Atkinson jsa at wickedmachine.net
Thu May 28 03:10:02 UTC 2009

>Number:         135016
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       sysinstall needs support for USB devices
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Thu May 28 03:10:01 UTC 2009
>Originator:     Joseph S. Atkinson
>Release:        FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE i386

System: FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE #0: Sat May  2 00:21:11 EDT 2009
    jsa at mephisto.wickedmachine.net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/MEPHISTO


I've been trying to install FreeBSD on my Acer Aspire One AOD150-1920. I have three issues that are preventing me from doing so successfully so far. This PR addresses one of them.

The primary problem is that sysinstall does not recognize /dev/da0 as a device from which FreeBSD may be installed. Getting the bootable magic onto the USB was failry simple, but it cannot access the medium after boot, and thus cannot be used.

The other two problems elimiated the ability to do a netinstall from the USB stick, and are not the subject of this PR.


# fdisk -BI /dev/da0 && bsdlabel -B -w da0s1 && newfs -b 4096 /dev/da0s1a
# mdconfig -a -t vnode -u 0 -f /path/to/installer.iso && mount -t cd9660 /dev/md0 /mnt
# mkdir -p /media/disk && mount /dev/da0s1a /media/disk
# cp -a /mnt/* /media/disk/

When completed, unmount, and insert into netbook. Boot from it and go through install process. When you get to the option to select media, there will be no option for USB. If no other options are usable, this will be a dead end for your install process.



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