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Date:      Tue, 16 Jun 2020 17:07:19 -0400
From:      "Vlad D. Markov" <dvoich@aim.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD 12.1 i386 CD #1 image size not compatible with intended medium standard size
Message-ID:  <20200616170719.57ee5938f9fdddc91c40f823@aim.com>
In-Reply-To: <20200616165122.00001914@seibercom.net>
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On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:51:22 -0400
Jerry <jerry@seibercom.net> wrote:

> On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 22:02:31 +0200, Polytropon commented:
> >On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:50:28 -0700, David Christensen wrote:
> >> On 2020-06-16 12:36, Polytropon wrote:  
> >> > On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:27:48 -0700, David Christensen wrote:  
> >> >> On 2020-06-16 03:57, Polytropon wrote:
> >> >>  
> >> >>> A boot-only solution would not help, and also booting from
> >> >>> DVD or USB is not possible, because it doesn't exist.  
> >> >>
> >> >> Do you mean the computer does not have a DVD drive and does not
> >> >> have USB ports?  
> >> > 
> >> > Correct. I could probably exchange the CD drive for a DVD drive
> >> > (40 pin ATA interface), but it isn't able to boot from USB; there
> >> > is a PCI card with USB 1.0 ports, but the system cannot boot from
> >> > that resource (CMOS setup says: CDROM,C:,A:). The system also is
> >> > not networked (it _could_ maybe boot via PXE on the NIC, but I
> >> > don't have any PXE server infrastructure set up).  
> >> 
> >> 
> >> I think it's time for that computer to go to the great data center
> >> in the sky (or below the Earth)...  
> >
> >No! Not poor Mr. Coffee! It (he?) was my first FreeBSD PC!
> >It's still a worthy member of the society and be productive
> >for good! :-)
> >
> >
> >
> >> But, if you must, what about NetBSD?
> >> 
> >> https://cdn.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-9.0/images/NetBSD-9.0-i386.iso
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Debian 9?
> >> 
> >> https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/9.12.0/i386/iso-cd/debian-9.12.0-i386-xfce-CD-1.iso
> >>  
> >
> >Might be worth a try, surely interesting.
> 
> You still have not explained why you could not just use an external DVD
> drive. Amazon is selling them as cheap as $24. If you are really cheap,
> you could just use it once and send it back for a refund.
> 
> -- 
> Jerry

How about booting off of PLOP on a CD, then booting off the USB on the PCI card to install freeBSD. (https://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/full.html).

Vlad



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