Cannot boot FreeBSD (8.0) from USB stick (Dell Inspiron 9400)
kuku at kukulies.org
Fri Jan 22 16:38:58 UTC 2010
I don't know why you shout. (?)
> Christoph Kukulies wrote:
>> Fbsd1 schrieb:
>>> Christoph Kukulies wrote:
>>>> I installed FreeBSD 8.0 on an USB-stick and was able to boot it on
>>>> my Desktop PC and install 8.0
>>>> from it.
> DO YOU MEAN YOU INSTALLED THE 8.0 ISO ON A USB STICK. BOOTED FROM IT
> AS INSTALL SOURCE AND INSTALLED 8.0 ON A DESKTOP PC TO THE MOTHERBOARD
> CABLED HARD DRIVE??? OR DO YOU MEAN YOU INSTALLED 8.0 ON A DESKTOP PC
> TO ANOTHER USB STICK???
The former, I copied the 8.0 iso image to an USB stick, booted it and
installed it to the desktop PCs hard drive.
That was one story. The other point is, that I now wanted to plug this
USB stick into my Dell inspiron and install FreeBSD in the same manner
to a free partition on my notebooks hard drive.
>>>> Now I plugged the same stick into my Dell Inspiron 9400 and the USB
>>>> stick (2GB) is not even listed in the F12 Bios boot menu.
> YOU MEAN YOU PLUGGED THE STICK WITH THE ISO INSTALLED ON IT THAT THE
> DESKTOP BOOTED FROM???
Yes, that same stick booted the desktop but is not recognized in the F12
menu of my notebook.
>>>> Any clues?
>>> Older pc's have bios which do not have option to boot from USB stick.
>>> I think that is so in your case. Check mfg website for bios update.
>>> If not you are SOL. (shit outof luck)
>> I can boot USB sticks in general from that notebook/BIOS. That Dell
>> 9400 isn't that old. Today I tried an another USB stick (16GB) an
>> Ubuntu 9.04 boot image and it worked fine. I saw the boot device
>> under F12 in the bootable device menu.
>> It's definitely not the BIOS. Could be some partition problem (active
> > Why is it part #4 btw, that FreeBSD resides in and not part #1 ?
> LETS NOT GET CONFUSED WITH MSDOS /FREEBSD TERMS. IN FREEBSD A SLICE IS
> WHAT MSDOS CALLS A PARTITION. IN FREEBSD A PARTITION IS A FILE SYSTEM
> SUCH AS /, /USR, /VAR WITH IN THE SLICE. A SLICE IS MARKED AS ACTIVE
> MEANING ITS BOOTABLE. THE MBR
The FreeBSD fdisk program names it "partition".
> (MASTER BOOT RECORD)PARTITION TABLE IS REALLY FREEBSD SLICE TABLE.
> FROM YOUR STATEMENT ABOVE YOU HAVE A MOTHERBOARD CABLED HARD DRIVE
> WITH 4 PARTITIONS/SLICES DEFINED IN THE MBR PARTITION TABLE. THE FIRST
> 3 PARTITIONS COULD BE HOLDING OTHER OPERATING SYSTEMS THAT YOU MAY
> WANT TO BOOT FROM. IS THIS CORRECT?
Actually, I thought the USB stick had been blanked out before, but I'm
nit sure and will look at it again.
> > I followed some FreeBSD howto, if I'm not wrong, to bring the ISO
>> to the USB stick. Think it was a tool from HP to write it to the stick.
I will come back with the results of the check below later.
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