Unable to install FreeBSD-11.0-i386 on a elderly desktop

James B. Byrne byrnejb at harte-lyne.ca
Thu Apr 20 21:11:04 UTC 2017

I am trying to install FreeBSD-11.0 on a older model HP Compaq DC7700S
desktop.  I downloaded FreeBSD-11.0-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso, ran
sha256sum and verified the image and then created a bootable DVD from
the downloaded iso.

I put this into the DVD drive of the unit and booted.  it initially
brought up the boot menu and I proceeded through the install process
selecting guided zfs for the filesystem. However, half way through the
transfer of kernel.txz I began to receive media errors.  I also began
to see the message cdrom error 5 unretryable.

After several retries with new media I now cannot get the cdrom boot
menu to display at all.  What i get instead is a message on the
console that 'Can't find boot/zfsloader' followed by:

FreeBSD/x86 boot
Default: zroot/ROOT/default:/boot/kernel/kernel
Can't find /boot/kernel/kernel

FreeBSD/x86 boot
Default: zroot/ROOT/default:/boot/kernel/kernel

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