Installing free bsd

Da Rock freebsd-questions at
Tue Dec 13 00:14:36 UTC 2011

On 12/13/11 09:58, Frank Shute wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 06:05:29PM -0500, Jerry McAllister wrote:
>> First of all, always include the list in a response to something
>> from the list.   Other people will be reading and may well know
>> more than me or any other person who responds.   eg, don't just
>> send the follow-on question back to the one responding.  Send it
>> to the list.
>> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 04:26:06PM -0600, Daniel Lewis wrote:
>>> do direct ftp to disk? And what do you mean by fixate?
>> No.  You ftp the file down to the local machine and then use a CD burning
>> utility to burn file to the CD.   On FreeBSD there is one called 'burncd'.
>> I am not familiar with the ones on a MS system, but there are several
>> available.   Maybe someone else will suggest one or there is probably
>> some information in the handbook.
>> Fixate is something that finishes writing a terminal record on
>> the CD image or something like that.  I don't really know in
>> detail.   I think some burner utilities do it automatically with
>> no choice.   The burncd utility needs to have you specify it.
>> ////jerry
>>> On 12/12/11, Jerry McAllister<jerrymc at>  wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 02:36:04PM -0600, Daniel Lewis wrote:
>>>>> Im new to FreeBSD and did a FTP of 8.2 and unzipped to a cd rom. It
>>>>> was an ISO Version. I then FTP the CDROM BOOT file and un zipped it.
>>>>> Unfortunately It wont auto start when i put disk in computer startup.
>>>>> Need support.. Is the windows format on disk causing problems?
>>>> Well, the .iso files you get from the FreeBSD distribution are ISO
>>>> image files that need to be burned directly to a disk.  There is no
>>>> other processing or formatting that may be done.
>>>> I do not know what you mean by 'unzipped to a cd rom'.  I have never
>>>> done anything that sounded like that.
>>>> You should just download the .iso file and burn in to a fresh cd
>>>> and fixate it.  Then boot it.
>>>> ////jerry
> I've used Nero in the past on a Windows system to burn an ISO. You can
> download it (probably timebombed) from I think.
> Instructions on burning and fixating are here:
> Regards,
Depending on your windows (xp and later) it should be built-in (only a 
very basic one though). Double click and it should give an option to 
burn the disk. Once its completed, voila! You have the ultimate weapon 
in the computing world! Sorry... got carried away, but nearly accurate 
though :) - you have a bootable disk to install FreeBSD 8.2. Mostly 
you'll only need disk 1. The others have pkg files for certain 
applications, but you can download those as you need them automatically 
using pkg_add -r and connected to the internet. That way you get the 
updated versions as well. Better yet: try the ports instead. For more 
info on either check out the handbook

Good luck!

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