Unable to create bootable dvd

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu
Tue Mar 21 16:17:38 UTC 2017

On Tue, March 21, 2017 11:04 am, James B. Byrne wrote:
> On Mon, March 20, 2017 14:32, Valeri Galtsev wrote:
>> My hunch is: option "-dvd-compat" screws things up making it not
> bootable.
>> That option is only relevant to creation of video DVD ROMs
>> (main goal of it is re-arrange the track so that table of
>> contents files are the first onces along the track - which
>> is necessary in stand alone DVD players).
>> I do use this command all the time to burn bootable media
>> (FreeBSD, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu...) and all of them work
>> well for me. I do not use "-speed" option, but it shouldn't
>> matter, and using slowest speed as you specify may help getting
>> best possible quality of burn result. Anyway,
>> here is command line from my command history:
>> growisofs -Z
>> /dev/dvd=/data/system-media/debian-8.6.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso
>> I hope, this helps.
>> Valeri
> I created multiple dvds, some with and some without -dvd-compat and
> -speed=1.  There was no apparent difference in effect.  I had similar
> problems with usb flash media.  Funnily enough I had no problem with
> either medium if I used FreeBSD-10.3 images.

Aha, then I was wrong about -dvd-compat screwing it up when you burn
image, not a collection of files... You learn something every day; thanks
for sharing.


> The problem turned out to be UEFI.  This was not enabled on the host
> system I was attempting to install on; a re-purposed backup host
> formerly running CentOS-6.8.  Enabling this feature in BIOS (there is
> a certain irony in this) allowed me to install FreeBSD-11.0 from the
> usb flash drive.
> This change also allowed the system to detect and initialise from
> optical media as well but the boot process never completes.  I see
> this sort of stuff instead:
> Consoles: EFI Console
> Command line arguments: loader.efi
> Image base: 0x2235000
> EFI version: 2.00
> EFI Firmware: American Megatrends (rev 4.631)
> FreeBSD/amd64 EFI loader, Revision 1.1
> (root at releng2.nyi.freebsd.org, Thu Sep 29 01:38:06 UTC 2016)
> efipart_readwrite: rw=1, status=9223372036854775815
> efipart_readwrite: rw=1, status=9223372036854775815
> can't open '/boot/loader.4th': no such file or directory
> 50
> efipart_readwrite: rw=1, status=9223372036854775815
> efipart_readwrite: rw=1, status=9223372036854775815
> /
> /boot/kernel/kernel text=0x14ed860 data=0x132538+0x4baa68
> syms=[0x8+0x159ee8+0x8+0x172d9c]
> Hit [enter] to boot immediately, or any other key for command prompt.
> Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel]]...
> Start @ 0xffffffff802ff000 ...
> EFI framebuffer information:
> addr, size     0xc0000000, 0x1ff0000
> dimensions     800 x 600
> stride         800
> masks          0x00ff0000, 0x0000ff00, 0x000000ff, 0xff000000
> |
> at which point all activity ceases. Literally.  One cannot even reboot
> from the keyboard using ctrl-alt-del.
> I speculate that the firmware on the motherboard is likely out-of-date
> and may be the source of the problem. In any case FreeBSD-11.0 has
> been installed to the HDD by other means and boots from that without
> problem.
> As this system is but a temporary replacement these difficulties turn
> out to be annoyances rather than a concern.
> Regards,
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Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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