On 8/1/07, Reid Linnemann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > Written by Ross Penner on 08/01/07 16:21>> > > On 8/1/07, *Reid Linnemann* < [EMAIL PROTECTED] > > <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > wrote: > > > > Written by Ross Penner on 08/01/07 13:34>> > > > Hi everybody, > > > > > > I'm trying to install a system on a machine that doesn't have an > > optical > > > drive. I plan on using a USB flash drive to do the job and found > a > > > messages from [EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > > > ( > > > http://www.mail-archive.com/[EMAIL PROTECTED]/msg55434.html > > < > http://www.mail-archive.com/[EMAIL PROTECTED]/msg55434.html>) > > > about just such a thing. The script provided converts the CD > > image into > > > one suitable for a flashmemory stick. I used and coverted it > > without > > > issue. The instructions say to use dd to prepare the flash drive > so > > > executed > > > #dd if=flashbsd.iso of=/dev/da0 > > > I'm not entirely confident that that was the correct procedure, > > as I'm > > > quite unfamilar with dd. Unfortunetly, I can't seem to get the > > drive to > > > boot. I can mount the filesystem so it seems that prepareing the > > drive > > > was succesful. I'm using a via chipset and yes, the bios is set > > to boot > > > from USB-FDD. I used the 6.2 boot only image. > > > > > > Thanks for any insight you can provide me. > > > > > > Ross > > > > > > > That seems correct to me. You may want to 'bsdlabel -B /dev/da0' > after > > writing the ufs image to it. The script you referenced does this to > the > > image before you write it to the flash drive, so the boot code > should > > already be there... but it appears to have gotten lost. > > > > > > Perhaps it never worked in the first place? > > > > rosbot# bsdlabel -B /dev/da0 > > bsdlabel: partition c doesn't cover the whole unit! > > bsdlabel: An incorrect partition c may cause problems for standard > > system utilities > > > > I didn't do anything to the drive before dd'ing to it. Should have it > > been prepared somehow? I assumed dd would > > take care of partitions. There is a da0a and a da0c in /dev/ . > > > > No, that's just a warning message and does not prevent the bootcode from > being installed. Have you ever booted any other system from this flash > disk on this machine? >
I havn't. That's about to be my next step. Thanks for your words of advice. _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"