Problems installing FreeBSD

Paulette McGee paulette_mcgee at
Thu Mar 8 15:24:10 UTC 2007

--- Alex Zbyslaw <xfb52 at> wrote:

> s.moyzis wrote:
> >Hi,  I'm trying to install FreeBSD from
> >
> >I downloaded all the files to a folder on my 2nd HD
> (Primary is C: 80 Gb Windows XP SP2, 2nd external
> 250 Gb HD has 2 partitons, G: which contains the
> entire C:drive for backup, and a partition H: for
> FreeBSD.  Anyway, The Boot CD doesn't boot (yes, I
> changed the BIOS sequence), and the Disk1 and Disk2
> won't fit on a CD.  I'm new at this, but I do know
> Windows and DOS inside and out.  Question is, what
> do I do next?
> >everytime I try to 'open' the file(s) Roxio CD
> Creator opens up.  Help!   Thanks,
> >  
> >
> It sounds very much like you just haven't written
> stuff correctly to CD.
> 1) You only *need* disk 1 and it boots.  Disk 2
> contains pre-built 
> packages which you might want.  I expect the
> handbook covers this.  
> section on FreeBSD 5.X and above).
> 2) You need to write disk1 using Roxio or Nero or
> whatever *as an ISO*, 
> *not* copy it as a file to the CD.  The option might
> say something like 
> image file instead of ISO.  Same for disk2, to a
> different CD of 
> course.   Roxio opens up when you click on the ISO
> because an ISO is a 
> special file format that is basically a "dump" of a
> CD.  Nothing other 
> than a CD writing program is likely to make much use
> of it.
> Forget the boot CD you don't need it.  It is, I
> believe, used for 
> network-only installs and using CD1 is easier for a
> beginner.
> --Alex
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Just like Alex has pointed out; you have to burn from
an ISO / Image.  If you are using Roxio 7 it is

 "Burn from Disc Image File..."

Otherwise you may wind up burning the ISO as a single

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