[PC-BSD Testing] PCBSD 9.0-BETA1 Installation Report

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Tue Aug 2 12:27:00 PDT 2011

Testing PCBSD 9-BETA1 USB on several computers with mixed results.

1.  PCBSD9.0-BETA1-x64-USBFULL.img on HP Server succeeded:
Installation succeeded with fresh install to an HP server DL585 with four
AMD Opteron CPUs (8 cores) @ 2.66 GHz, 8 Gb Memory, HP SCSI SmartArray 5si,
on SCSI drives.

2.  PCBSD9.0-BETA1-x64-USBFULL.img on HP Workstation failed:
Using the same USB stick on a different computer, the
PCBSD9.0-BETA1-x64-USBFULL.img fresh install failed immediately after the
boot sequence loaded BTX and identified the hard disk but before posting the
memory test.  The computer was an HP xw9400 AMD Opteron CPU (dual core) with
8 Gb Memory, nVidia GForce GT 220 w/ 1Gb RAM.  Since the same USB stick was
successful in installing on the DL585, it was known to work.

(However, on this HP xw9400, the DVD version of 9.0-BETA1-x64 installed
without a problem.)

3.  PCBSD9.0-BETA1-x86-USBFULL.img
The Installation failed immediately.  It hung before even reaching the BTX
loader message. The computer was an ASUS with AMD Athalon 64 @ 2.2 GHz, 1 Gb
RAM, Nvidia FX500, and IDE hard disk.

Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio
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