FreeBSD 12.1 i386 CD #1 image size not compatible with intended medium standard size

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue Jun 16 21:02:23 UTC 2020

On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:51:22 -0400, Jerry wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 22:02:31 +0200, Polytropon commented:
> >On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:50:28 -0700, David Christensen wrote:
> >> On 2020-06-16 12:36, Polytropon wrote:  
> >> > On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:27:48 -0700, David Christensen wrote:  
> >> >> On 2020-06-16 03:57, Polytropon wrote:
> >> >>  
> >> >>> A boot-only solution would not help, and also booting from
> >> >>> DVD or USB is not possible, because it doesn't exist.  
> >> >>
> >> >> Do you mean the computer does not have a DVD drive and does not
> >> >> have USB ports?  
> >> > 
> >> > Correct. I could probably exchange the CD drive for a DVD drive
> >> > (40 pin ATA interface), but it isn't able to boot from USB; there
> >> > is a PCI card with USB 1.0 ports, but the system cannot boot from
> >> > that resource (CMOS setup says: CDROM,C:,A:). The system also is
> >> > not networked (it _could_ maybe boot via PXE on the NIC, but I
> >> > don't have any PXE server infrastructure set up).  
> >> [...]
> You still have not explained why you could not just use an external DVD
> drive.

I thought I made that clear; see the above paragraph,
assuming "external" means USB. :-)

> Amazon is selling them as cheap as $24. If you are really cheap,
> you could just use it once and send it back for a refund.

The PCI card in that machine only has USB 1.0 connectors, and
it is not possible to boot (!) from anything attached there.
In worst case, I have access to an external USB DVD drive,
if I needed, but it wouldn't solve the problem. In such a
case, it would be possible to boot from a regular USB stick,
but as mentioned, it doesn't boot from any USB at all.
Furthermore, even though that card is installed, I didn't
test it yet for FreeBSD support (I only see it in the POST
status screen where the PCI expansion cards are listed).

However, I'm sure I have a DVD drive I could put into the
machine in place of the CD drive; such a drive does exist
around here somewhere, so I could use an installation DVD
(where the "dvd1" image file fits the standard medium).

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