FreeBSD 11.1 Install on Intel D945GCLF2

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I am new to FreeBSD and have been trying to run the installer on an Intel D945GCLF2 based system. I generally use (the most excellent) WinSetUpFromUSB to perform OS installations, run diagnostic tools, disk utilities etc from a USB stick and I've not had a problem using it to install different versions of Windows and different Linux distros on various hardware, but the FreeBSD 11.1 installer (FreeBSD-11.1-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso) fails during the boot process with:

Mounting from cd9660:/dev/iso9660/11_1_RELEASE_AMD64_DVD failed

So at a guess the installer uses a proprietary DVD-ROM driver which doesn't like WinSetUpFromUSB emulating the ISO file as optical media. Which is a great shame! So I decided to try the USB image method. I have created a USB memory stick using Win32DiskImager.exe and FreeBSD-11.1-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img. However, the PC then doesn't boot from the USB stick (it ignores it at boot time). Looking at the contents under Windows, the USB stick seems to have been created with a GPT-style partition. Again, I'm guessing that my motherboard doesn't support booting GPT? Which leaves me a bit stuck...

Any help would be gratefully received as I would really like to give FreeBSD a go.

Thanks very much.
 

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Why not burning the FreeBSD ISO to cd/dvd or image to flash drive directly, without the Win installer?
 
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Why not burning the FreeBSD ISO to cd/dvd or image to flash drive directly, without the Win installer?
Burning to CD/DVD is not an option.. As I said, I did then burn the .img file directly to a USB stick but the PC ignores it when booting - I'm guessing because it uses a GPT partition style.
 
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Yes, as I have already said I burnt the .IMG file to a USB stick using Win32DiskImager.exe as advised in the Handbook. I have been able to boot from that on my old MSI laptop, but not my Intel D945GCLF-based PC which just seems to ignore the USB stick whereas it happily boots from other USB sticks so the problem is with the .IMG file for FreeBSD.
 

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Maybe you could try FreeBSD 10.4
They have separate versions for memstick and UEFI memstick installers.
Maybe on the older haldware you should try that. FreeBSD 10.4 memstick.
 
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Maybe you could try FreeBSD 10.4
They have separate versions for memstick and UEFI memstick installers.
Maybe on the older haldware you should try that. FreeBSD 10.4 memstick.
Thanks, I will try that if they don't produce an MBR version of the USB installation image for v11.1.
 
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