Need help: FAIL: Booting 10.3-RELEASE (64) on a VM

Ronald F. Guilmette rfg at
Sat Sep 10 19:49:21 UTC 2016

I need to try to get rolling with a remote VM server/service.
I sheepishly have to confess that I've never done this kind
of thing before, and it is pretty clear already that I don't
know what the hell I'm doing.  I could use some help.

I purchased a fractional VM (KVM) from a company called BuyVM.
So far so good.  but I wanted to run FreeBSD on it.  So I diddled
the virtual machine settings so as to have FreeBSD 10.3 mounted as
an ISO on the vitrual CD drive and I then tried to boot the VM.

Looking at the virtual console, the boot process started, and it
looks like the install kernel even started to run, but just VERY
briefly.  Right after it printed its first banner line, the kernel
panic'd as follows:

   ACPI BIOS Error (bug): A valid RSDP was not found (20150515/tbxroot-258)
   panic: running without device atpic requires a local APIC

So, um, I am utterly lost.  Can I fix this?  If so, how?

Remember, I have literally -zero- experience with VMs generally,
so if you need to explain anything to do, please do, but you may
have to dumb it down to my level.


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