Starting the PC-BSD® Installation/9.2

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To begin the PC-BSD® installation, insert the boot media and boot the system. If the computer boots into an existing operating system instead of the installer, reboot and check your computer's BIOS program to ensure that the drive containing the installation media is listed first in the boot order. Save your BIOS changes and reboot.

Figure 3.1a: PC-BSD® Installer Boot Menu

After a couple of seconds, a series of lines of code will scroll down the screen, meaning that PC-BSD® is being loaded. Soon after, you should see a screen similar to Figure 3.1a.

There are 7 options to choose from:

1. Boot [default]: starts the installation program with all standard options enabled. This is the default if you do not select anything else within 10 seconds.

2. Boot with ACPI enabled: this enables power management, which may be useful[1] for certain BIOS varieties and laptops.

3. Boot in Safe Mode: select this option if the installation still hangs when probing your hardware and option #2 did not help. It will boot with a forced PIO mode (disabling the use of DMA), disable write caching for all IDE hard drives and CD ROM drives, disable the probing of EISA slots (as very few systems have them), and (on i386 systems) disables the use of ACPI and APICs.

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 are troubleshooting which piece of hardware is causing the installation to hang.

5. Boot to emergency console: advanced users can use this option to fix critical system failures.

6. Boot with X in VESA mode: if the installation program is unable to load your video driver, restart the computer and select this option. The installer will default to VESA mode which should work on any system with a video card.

7. Escape to loader prompt: advanced users can select this option to perform advanced operations, such as changing kernels or loading kernel modules.

If you press enter or select any option other than 5 or 7, PC-BSD® will boot into the graphical installer.


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