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Date:      Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:08:18 -0600
From:      Paul Schmehl <>
To:        Adam Vande More <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions List <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD 8.1 as a Virtualbox Guest OS
Message-ID:  <4931EE20DDBCC766297B3578@utd71538.local>
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--On February 8, 2011 10:24:47 AM -0600 Adam Vande More 
<> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 9:33 AM, Paul Schmehl
> <>wrote:
>> I'm trying to setup a FreeBSD VM in Virtualbox.  The host OS is Mac OS X
>> 10.6.6.  I'm already running Windows 7 64 bit with no problems.  When you
>> setup a new VM, you get a first time startup scenario that asks you to
>> point to a file (iso usually) that contains the setup program for the
>> OS. Then, when you boot the machine, setup begins.
>> That's not working for me.  I've tried both the disc iso and the dvd iso
>> without success.  I haven't tried it, but I assume that if I burned the
>> iso and popped it in a box that I would get the setup menu and be able to
>> install the OS.
>> Is there some kind of trick required to get this working inside VB?
> What's the difference between a disk iso and a dvd iso?

My assumption is that the former is in CD format and the latter is in DVD 
format.  I wouldn't think a vm would care either way.  It should be able to 
read both.

>  From the VM's
> settings page, chose storage.  Make sure the virtual DVD drive has the
> correct iso.  Start the VM.  If you can't find the iso in the drop down
> list it means you have to add it to the storage manager.  You could also
> put the disc in the drive and and tell the VM to use the drive.

The iso was listed as secondary IDE, so I made it primary.  No difference. 
I then tried booting with ACPI disabled due to the errors I was seeing, but 
that made no difference either.  The system is booting, but when it gets to 
md0: Preloaded image </boot/mfsroot> 4194304 bytes at 0xffffffff80e6aa98 it 
stops and goes no further.

> It's not anymore complicated than that really.  If that doesn't work, I'd
> start looking at the disc and see if works.

I'm not using a disc.  I'm using an iso file.

Paul Schmehl, Senior Infosec Analyst
As if it wasn't already obvious, my opinions
are my own and not those of my employer.
"It is as useless to argue with those who have
renounced the use of reason as to administer
medication to the dead." Thomas Jefferson
"There are some ideas so wrong that only a very
intelligent person could believe in them." George Orwell

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