PC-BSD® Live Mode/9.2

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If you wish to try out PC-BSD before installing it, download either the live DVD or live USB version. Once you have burned the downloaded file to the appropriate media, insert the DVD or USB device. Assuming your BIOS has been set to boot from that device, you should see some startup messages followed by the PC-BSD boot menu, shown in Figure 2.8a.

Figure 2.8a: PC-BSD Welcome Screen in Live Mode


This screen provides the following options:

1. Boot [default]: continues to boot PC-BSD with all standard options enabled. This is the default if you don't select anything else within 10 seconds.

2. Boot with ACPI enabled: by default ACPI is disabled in live mode. If you wish to test PC-BSD's ACPI capabilities on your computer, select this option.

3. Boot in Safe Mode: if PC-BSD has problems booting on your hardware, try selecting this option.

4. Boot with verbose logging: select this option if you would like to see more detailed messages during the boot process. This can be useful if you wish to watch that all of your hardware is successfully detected.

5. Boot to emergency console:

6. Boot with X in VESA mode: select this option if you suspect that your video card is not supported by PC-BSD.

7. Escape to loader prompt: advanced users can select this option to issue advanced commands such as loading or unloading kernel modules.

NOTE: like any live DVD, the amount of installed memory will affect the time it takes the operating system to load and how responsive the system is once loaded. Also, live mode provides very little storage, meaning that you should not install applications or save files within this mode. Live mode is meant to provide an environment for testing hardware and to see if you like PC-BSD. If you do, you should consider installing PC-BSD either onto the computer's hard drive or into a virtual environment such as VirtualBox. For your convenience, an "Install PC-BSD" icon is included on the live mode desktop.

If you wish to leave live mode, click the red flame in the lower left corner -> Leave -> Logout. When prompted, type exit to reboot the system.

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