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

Chris Whitehouse cwhiteh at
Sat Jan 2 18:01:25 UTC 2010

Warren Block wrote:
> 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

In Nero version 6 it's Recorder / Burn Image and just before you click 
Burn you have to select whether you are writing a CD or a DVD.


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