[nycbug-talk] Can I install FreeBSD 5.3 from a USB CD drive?

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at gmail.com
Sat Aug 13 14:11:09 GMT 2005

On 8/12/05, Kliment Andreev <klimenta at runbox.com> wrote:
> Maude User wrote:
> > Thanks for this info.
> >
> > The handbook chapter on BIOS (see below) doesn't mention "USB" but it
> > says the machine
> > can boot from "Removable Devices" so it sounds like your first
> > suggestion about booting from
> > removable drives would work.
> Even if you boot from the USB CD, there is a chance that FreeBSD load
> won't recognize the USB chipset, so you won't be able to choose the
> source for the installation media.

His board has an Intel ICH5R. I just got done setting up a server with
this chip and USB works just fine:

> dmesg |grep -i usb
uhci0: <UHCI (generic) USB controller> port 0xe800-0xe81f irq 16 at
device 29.0 on pci0
usb0: <UHCI (generic) USB controller> on uhci0
usb0: USB revision 1.0
uhci1: <UHCI (generic) USB controller> port 0xec00-0xec1f irq 19 at
device 29.1 on pci0
usb1: <UHCI (generic) USB controller> on uhci1
usb1: USB revision 1.0
ehci0: <EHCI (generic) USB 2.0 controller> mem 0xfe7ffc00-0xfe7fffff
irq 23 at device 29.7 on pci0
usb2: EHCI version 1.0
usb2: companion controllers, 2 ports each: usb0 usb1
usb2: <EHCI (generic) USB 2.0 controller> on ehci0
usb2: USB revision 2.0
umass0: Genesys Logic USB Storage Device, rev 1.10/1.13, addr 2
umass0: Acer Labs USB 2.0 Storage Device, rev 2.00/1.03, addr 2
da1: <USB 2.0 Storage Device 0100> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-0 device

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