Problem installing 10.3/10.2 or 11 on Soekris 6501

Chris Ernst snowiswhite at
Tue Sep 27 05:54:51 UTC 2016

Hi George

two years ago i installed FreeBSD on my net-5501. Ever since the box has 
been running rock-solid and without any issues. :)

But i also had my issues installing FreeBSD for the first time.
Using the steps which are described at i was able to succeed.
I followed the procedure which is overwritten with:
*3. VirtualBox VM setup*

As i used VirtualBox on Windows the steps had to be modified slightly 
but along those lines i was able to install FreeBSD on the SD-Card 

You should definitely give this a try.
all the best

On 26.09.2016 22:46, George wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I am trying to install from an i386 img file on a USB stick to a
> Soekris Net6501 and I keep having problems.
> 10.3: Says that the base package checksum is wrong and I need to
> re-download it and try again.
> 10.2: Says installation aborted and lets me try again or exit.
> 11.0: Is just not working gets stuck somewhere once the boot starts.
> The machine has a dual Intel Atom 6xx 1000 MHz and 4 nics. I have used
> OpenBSD on it for a long time without problems.
> I have switched a number of USB sticks and this one actually gets the
> installer working as evident by where it stops. The downloaded i386
> checksum are perfectly fine when checked so what gives...???
> I will try another version to make sure it is not the version I am
> having a problem with. Any ideas, suggestions are welcome.
> Thanks in advance,
> George
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