Failed to Load Kernel

Programmer In Training pit at
Tue Jan 5 07:56:59 UTC 2010

Alright, I am starting my install of FreeBSD not from the DVD ISO like I
was hoping (I cannot find my DVD-Rs) so I'm using the disc1.iso from the
FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-i386-all torrent. I just checked the md5sums on them
(using the utility found at but
I cannot find the md5sum for this file anywhere on the FreeBSD group of
sites (I think the info hashes provided on the torrent tracker are for
the .torrent).

The message I'm getting (wish I could just screen cap and put it up on
the web):

FreeBSD/i386 bootstrap loader, Revision 1.1
(root at, Sat Nov 21 14:05:36 UTC 2009)
Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf
/boot/kernel/kernel text=0x88d680
readin failed

elf32_loadimage: read failed
Unable to lad a kernel!
Hit [Enter] to boot immediately, or any other key for command prompt.
Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel]...
can't load 'kernel'

As far as I can tell, the cd burned fine (I did the burn on a Toshiba
notebook running Vista, was able to browse the folders just fine,
everything looked in order).

Do I need to use the bootonly.iso as well? What am I missing here? I
know my drive that I'm booting from is in perfect working order (DVD
Super Multi-Format DVD+/-R(W), HP, less then a year old with no problems

All the hardware up to this point appears to be detected just fine.

I'm going to bed right now, will get back to those who reply tomorrow

Thanks for the time and help guys (and gals), I'm really looking forward
to using FreeBSD.


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