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Date:      Sat, 25 Jan 2014 05:25:54 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        M V <>
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On Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:13:36 -0800, M V wrote:
> Hello i hope you can help me, i have downloaded freeBSD ISO 9 and 10
> more than once after burning to a cd than trying to boot into the live
> cd they wont they ask for password so i use root, than i get to a root
> promt and i dont know what  command to use it just stops the live cd
> boot process???

>From what you describe, the boot process seems to have finished
successfully. You could start an installation from there. Have
a look at The FreeBSD Handbook on how to perform the installation,
it's really easy:

This documentation does in cover all important steps for a successful

For installation, you should use the installation CD #1. You could
also use a USB image (so you don't need to burn optical media) or
the network installation CD (less stuff to download) if you have an
internet connection ("online installation" requires network, while
the CD and DVD do not).

> would like to try freebsd first

In that case, you'd probably be interested in VirtualBSD, which
is a preinstalled and preconfigured image for virtualization
sofware, so you can run and try it without requiring an actual

It works with VMware, but can also be used with VirtualBox, if
I remember correctly.

> i have also tried
> installing after installation all i get is like a dos invironment no
> graphics of any kind ???

That's correct. Because FreeBSD is a multi-purpose OS, having a
graphical interface per default would make it totally useless
as a server operating system, because servers usually don't have
graphics cards or screens. Most of them don't even have a real
keyboard. :-)

If you're interested in running FreeBSD as a graphical desktop,
try PC-BSD. It comes with an installer targeted at "GUI people"
and includes lots of software from the start.

It's interesting that people still confuse seeing text mode display
on their machine with "DOS"... :-)

> hope you can help me P/S ISO is i386 using on
> dell latitude d520

I've also successfully installed and run FreeBSD on that kind
of hardware. Note that if you have more than 2 GB RAM and no
real needs to intendedly run i386 (32 bit), use amd64 (64 bit).
Still both of them should work fine.

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Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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