Boot from FD and DR-DOS prompt comes up while installing FreeBSD?

Warren Block wblock at
Sat Jan 2 16:49:32 UTC 2010

On Sat, 2 Jan 2010, Paul Shi wrote:

> I am working my way t setup a FTP server on FreeBSD however I got stuck at
> the very first stage - installation of FreeBSD 8.0.
> I downloaded FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso from and burned
> it with NERO to a DVD-RW disc. After that, I insert the DVD disc and boot
> from CDROM as I have chose the CDROM to be first one in boot order. However,
> system starts booting from FD, invokes some Caldera DR-DOS and goes to
> command prompt [DR-DOS] A:\>
> I am totally confused and cannot find any answer in FreeBSD handbook. I will
> greatly appreciate your help if anyone of you has experience with this weird
> problem. Thank you very much and Happy New Year!

Nero seems to have "helped" you by making a bootable CD with a copy of 
the FreeBSD ISO file on it.  The A: disk is actually a simulated floppy 
on the CD.

That's not going to work.  Make a new CD.  Back in Windows, you might be 
able to right-click the original ISO file and get a "Burn a CD" option. 
Otherwise, you'll have to run the program and tell it to make the ISO 
into a CD, not make a CD with the ISO on it as a file.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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