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This solution is ugly, because we shall not need to have UEFI.SOLVED: Final verdict required flipping a few BIOS settings in order to get the image to boot properly. Worked just fine off the original USB stick I created on my Mac using dd. I tested again and both BIOS settings were required in order for it to boot properly:
1. SATA MODE = IDE (instead of AHCI)
2. BOOT MODE = UEFI
This system is a Dell WYSE N03D thin client (comes with Windows 7 by default). I have a stack of these and they always require Boot Mode = LEGACY COMMON when I run ArchLinux or CentOS on them. I noticed with these changed bios settings it fires up in framebuffer mode and it still shows the same error (can't find '/boot/entrophy') but at least it drops right into the installation wizard as expected. Hope this helps for someone else.
I have not a single machine with EFI. I run only free, libre, legacy machines (PI, PC and notebooks.Are you sure FreeBSD 13 has no Legacy? I had not heard that yet. So you are saying FreeBSD 13 is EFI only?
I have not tried 13-CURRENT so I do not know.
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