FreeBSD 2.0.5 Release

nvidican at nvidican at
Tue Jan 5 15:44:12 UTC 2010


You'll need either a *nix machine with 'dd' or rawwrite.exe (should be  
on the cd image in the /tools/ folder). You need to write 'root.flp'  
to a floppy disk similar to the way you'd write an .iso image to a  

dd if=root.flp of=/dev/fd0    <- assuming existing FreeBSD box,


rawwrite.exe root.flp a:  <- from a dos/windows box

Depending on the FreeBSD release, (IIRC 2.0.5 only requires one),  
you'd need one or two disks for the .flp images.

Nathan Vidican
nathan at

Quoting Paul Shi <shihang at>:

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