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: will boot to the menu shown in Figure 2.8b. If you choose the System Utilities option, you can manually run fdisk, drop to an emergency shell, or chroot into the root partition.

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 perform advanced operations such as loading or unloading kernel modules.

Figure 2.8b: Emergency Console in Live Mode


Unless you select to boot into the emergency console or the loader prompt, PC-BSD will continue to load. When it is finished loading, the desktop selector menu, shown in Figure 2.8c, will appear:

Figure 2.8c: Desktop Selector Menu

Use your arrow keys or type the letter of the window manager you wish to boot into, then press enter.


Figure 2.8d shows a screenshot of PC-BSD running the KDE desktop manager from live mode.

Figure 2.8d: PC-BSD in Live Mode


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.

If you wish to install PC-BSD, simply click the "Install PC-BSD" icon on the desktop. It will start the installation program for you.

If you wish to leave live mode altogether, click the red flame in the lower left corner -> Leave. You can then select to Restart or Shut down the computer.

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