Booting off usb installer

LuKreme kremels at
Thu May 30 06:13:46 UTC 2019

I made a usb installer from FreeBSD-12.0-STABLE-amd64-20190510-r347397-memstick.img

When I set my FreeBSD 11.2 machine to boot from the usb, it does so and I get a normal looking boot menu, 1 for multi user, 2 for single user, etc.

Whichever option I choose, 1 or 2, the machine starts to boot, but then reboots before completion. If there is an error, it passes too quickly for me to see it. At no point do I get an installer or a login prompt.

The hardware is a 3rd? generation i5 and 8GB of RAM. Possibly a Dell machine?

Should I instead be using the 12.0-RELEASE image?

The machine does not have an optical drive in it.

My main job is trying to come up with new and innovative and effective ways to reject even more mail. I'm up to about 97% now.

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