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Installing FreeBSD 8 with UNetbootin from USB flash using Win XP

Discussion in 'Installing and Upgrading FreeBSD' started by Bor_p, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Bor_p

    Bor_p New Member

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    You can't just use ISO image of FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE in UNetbootin. It would not boot.
    So I have read this article, which was extremely helpful.
    So, walkthrough:
    1. Download and install UNetbootin from: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
    2. Download 8.0-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso
    3. Create native UNetbootin 7.0-RELEASE bootable system on your USB Flash.
    4. Using any suitable program, like WinRAR or DaemonTools, copy 8.0-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso contents to root directory of your USB Flash.
    4. Boot from your USB Flash.
    5. Make sure you set Release Name in Options dialog to 8.0-RELEASE.
    6. Make sure you select DOS partition in installation media dialog.
    5. Do install FreeBSD normally.
    That's it!
     
  2. Manix

    Manix New Member

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    Thanks this is cool,

    so for step

    5. Make sure you set Release Name in Options dialog to 8.0-RELEASE.

    do you have to set the Release name in boot options of Unetbootin?
    e.g. hit tab and the change /ubkern initrd=/ubinit

    to something else? like /ubkern initrd=/RELEASE-8.0

    I copied the whole dir from the disc1 ISO over onto my USB stick, but something is wrong as it still won't boot :(

    sure it is something simple

    Thanks
     
  3. Bor_p

    Bor_p New Member

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    Steps 5 and 6 are for sysinstall, which is started after booting from USB stick. This sysinstall is from 7.0-RELEASE, but you can make it install 8.0-RELEASE by changing this string in sysinstall Options dialog.
     
  4. Bor_p

    Bor_p New Member

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    Also make sure you make boot system on USB stick with the help of Unetbootin, selecting included FreeRTOS 7.0-RELEASE distribution. If you try to use Diskimage option with 8.0-RELEASE iso image, it won't boot.
    Also in my first post there is a lost link. Please read this article for further info.
    Good luck.
     
  5. Manix

    Manix New Member

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    Thanks Bor,

    Thats working now :)

    Good info thanks again!