FreeBSD 2.0.5 Release

Paul Shi shihang at
Tue Jan 5 06:04:44 UTC 2010

Actually, I do have a floppy drive on my computer (what a piece of old

So I suppose that I do need to write content in /floppies/ directory,
including root.flp, boot.flp and 00_TRANS.TBL, into a floppy disc while
having install 2.0.5-install.iso in CD drive, according to Warren and
Andrew. I just found a boot.flp in /floppies directory and I am wondering if
I could boot from the floppy disc this time? I probably will try it first.

Again, thank you guys so much! All of you have been so warmhearted and I
really appreciate it!

Your sincerely,
Paul Shi
Electronic and Communication Engineering Senior
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Hong Kong

On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 12:39 PM, Warren Block <wblock at> wrote:

> On Tue, 5 Jan 2010, Paul Shi wrote:
>  Thank you guys! At least, I got some idea where I should start. Install
>> manual has a section "Install from DOS partition" It said that I should copy
>> the /floppies/ to a new folder in hard disk named /FREEBSD/.
> Well, yes, but you're going to have to format the hard drive to DOS first.
>  And still figure out a way to get FreeBSD to boot.
>  So I have following thoughts and correct me if I am wrong. I do NOT need
>> an actual floppy disk. But I could make boot from Floppy Disk the first
>> priority in boot order and system will find the root.flp in /floppies/ and
>> start installation.
> They might exist, but I've never met a BIOS that could boot from a floppy
> image.  CDs can do that, if the CD image is set up for it.
> If you have a floppy drive, you should probably install from floppies at
> least once.  2.0.5 doesn't look like it took that many, either.
> -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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