failed memstick install

Mayuresh Kathe mayuresh at
Tue Apr 1 02:48:32 UTC 2014

hello eric, please check out the article at;

at the bottom of that article is the exact invocation of 'dd'
required to write the memstick image to a usb drive.

all the best,


On Tue, Apr 01, 2014 at 01:19:33AM +0000, Eric Roseman wrote:
> Hello,
> I've recently installed FreeBSD 10.0 using the memstick image
> and following the install directions in the handbook as closely as
> possible. After rebooting the screen displays "Operating System Not Found"
> and refuses to boot. I've double checked the bios settings to ensue this
> disk is the default boot target and tested booting from both legacy bios
> and UEFI to no avail. The system is a lenove thinkpad x120e. I'm curious
> if this is a bug in the installer anyone else has experienced.
> I created the usb install flash drive with the following command:
>   dd if=FreeBSD-10.0-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img of=/dev/<usbdevice> bs=64k
> Then confirmed the sha256 checksum of both the 'if' and 'of' targets. I
> also tried with multiple different usb flash drives.
> For a majority of the steps during the install I selected the
> default/recommended options and chose the guided partitioning method
> with a default layout using the entire disk which created a GPT layout
> with three partitions freebsd-boot, freebsd-ufs, and freebsd-swap. The
> install process finished without error. Is there a boot flag I need to
> set on the freebsd-boot partition?
> Thanks,
> Eric
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