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Old 4th December 2009
dheerajsuthar dheerajsuthar is offline
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Unhappy Free BSD Release 8.0 not recognizing CD/DVD and usb install media

I am trying to install Free BSD release 8.0 on my Dell XPS Studio laptop along with already existing Windows partition. (150GB for Win Vista, 30GB for win backup and 130 GB for Free BSD). To do trial I first installed it on Sun virtual Box in Windows where it installed without any complaints. However when I tried clean install it on the desired partition it refuses to recognize both my CD/DVD drive and usb disk during "Select installation media:" menu in sysinstall. Please do help me out as I need it to study for an course in upcoming semester.

In text the problem it shows is:
"No CD/DVD devices found! Please check that your system's configuration is correct and that the CD/DVD drive is of a supported type. For more information, consult the hardware guide in the Doc menu."
Its amazing because:

* My installation media (release 8 CD) is already in CD/DVD drive.
* I have tried both CD and DVD release so no chance of corrupted media.
* How then the sysinstall menu came in first place if it didn't recognize my DVD or DVD drive
* It installs pretty well in both virtual environments by Sun virtual box and VMware in Windows.

I am also writing my total specifications from dell site. Please do aid me in solving this problem as I am making this daring transition from Ubuntu to Free BSD (mainly for its academic importance and clean coding style). I lay high hope on this forum.
Dell Studio XPS 13

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8700 (3MB cache/2.53GHz/1066Mhz FSB)

Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Specifications - Operating System

Operating System
Genuine Windows® Vista Home Premium, 64bit, English
Specifications - Operating System

LCD Panel
Edge-to-Edge 13.3" HD WXGA LCD with 2.0 Megapixel Camera
Specifications - LCD Panel

Internal Optical Drive
8X Slot Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
Specifications - Internal Optical Drive

4GB4 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM3 at 1067MHz (2 Dimms)
Specifications - MEMORY

Hard Drive
320GB5 7200 RPM6 SATA Hard Drive
Specifications - Hard Drive

Video Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® 9500M - 256MB
Specifications - Video Card

High Definition Audio 2.0
Specifications - SOUND CARD

Wireless Networking Cards
Dell Wireless 1520 802.11n Half Mini-Card
Specifications - Wireless Networking Cards
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Old 4th December 2009
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Installation on laptops usually is problematic because of the customized hardware used.

You could try the other FreeBSD production release http://www.freebsd.org/releases/7.2R/announce.html
If that works then it would be easier to debug the 8.0 non-install issue
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Old 10th February 2010
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When the sysinstall Choose Installation Media screen displays. The option number 1 (Install from CDROM) is what you should try.
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Old 23rd February 2010
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Default CD/DVD problem


I got the same problem with the 8.0 dvd from two differents laptop:
- toshiba satellite 1800: cd/dvddrive: unable to find the dvd from sysinstall (I booted from the cdrom drive and I started the install from). I wil try to boot from the floppy and switch to the cdrom drive to get the packages.
- hp compaq mini 110c-1100ca (netbook): booted from the usb drive, sysinstall starts but cannot find the drive to extract the packages (base, usr, ...). So I boot from the 8.0 img on a usb pen drive and I did the installation


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Old 23rd February 2010
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I would use *-memstick-*.img image and install from USB pendrive.
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Old 23rd February 2010
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I have used FreeBSD 6 and FreeBSD 7 CD's on *many* different computers (Both desktop and laptop) at work, and I've never experienced such an issue.
I haven't used FreeBSD 8 a lot yet ...

If sysinstall works, you can also fetch the distribution sets from other sources and circumvent the CD entirely, you can use FTP or HTTP to fetch them from the FreeBSD servers, but you can also mount an NFS filesystem, or mount an USB drive and get the sets from that ...
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I start with the img and I told sysinstall to fetch the cdrom drive (usb). I cannot use the network (new netbook compaq mini 110c 1100ca, the wifi is broadcom (no driver) and the ether card is a atheros R8132).


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Old 25th February 2010
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Not certain, but I think if you can drop to a shell or
something, in sysinstall, and load the 3rd,fourth of four
usb drivers,
access will be restored to the usb drive.
You may however, be missing any of the
to have devices appear for the usb drive before
its files can be seen.
So you may need four or so .ko's for the usb install.
as well as the three above.
would go into /boot/loader.conf if the fix works
I know the method for "escape to loader prompt" but
am unusure of how to do it in sysintall.
Drop to a shell and find those .ko files??
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Old 26th February 2010
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As I recall, in sysinstall you can go to the Options page and click rescan devices.

This worked fine for me when I tried to install FBSD 8.0 on an old laptop (with a broken cd-rom drive) using a usb dvd-drive
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