I am trying to install FreeBSD 4.7R on an Intel Celeron 300MHz PC which has a 4GB hard drive and Windows 98 installed.
I have used Partition Magic to shrink the Windows partition on my hard drive
from 4GB to 3GB and created a 1GB partition for the FreeBSD installation.
Partition Magic didn't offer support for preparing a partition for FreeBSD
installation so I elected to create a FAT32 partition reasoning that the
FreeBSD installation process would reformat the partition for the required
I downloaded 4.7-mini.iso from FreeBSD.org and used Nero/Express to burn the
file system to a CD-R disk.
I viewed the CD-R disk with a utility called ISOBUSTER and it appeared to be
a bootable CDROM.
I marked my 1GB partition as active and rebooted my PC, after selecting
CDROM as the first device in my BIOS settings.
I got an error message 'Boot from ATAPI CD-ROM ; Failure...' Invalid system
I searched the available docs on the Internet and concluded that I would
have to boot from floppies as my PC would not allow booting from the CDROM
device, despite the BIOS settings.
I formatted two floppy disks and used the /tools/fdimage utility on the CD-R
disk to copy /floppies/kern.flp and /floppies/mfsroot.flp to the floppy
I rebooted again with the new partition marked as active after selecting the
floppy drive as the first boot device in the BIOS settings.
I got the FreeBSD/i386 bootstrap loader message as expected but instead of
being prompted to insert the mfsroot disk I got the following messages...
/kernel text=0x2833b1 zf_read: unexpected EOF
zf_read: unexpected EOF
elf_loadexec: archsw.readin failed.
can't load module '/kernel'; input/output error.
The boot process then indicated that it was...
and promptly produced the same error messages as before indicating that it
could not load 'kernel' or 'kernel.old'
Until two days ago I didn't have any prior experience with CD-R burning,
using Partition Magic, or installation of a UNIX operating system so I am
quite prepared to believe I have made mistakes in the pre-installation
However, after searching the Internet for descriptions of similar problems I
am unsure how to proceed.
I would appreciate any advice on why I couldn't install from the CD-R DISK
and/or why I can't boot from the floppies.
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