Bug 214582 - FreeBSD 11.0 Release Installer Doesn't Boot on Certain Non-UEFI Systems (HP xw4600)
Summary: FreeBSD 11.0 Release Installer Doesn't Boot on Certain Non-UEFI Systems (HP x...
Status: New
Alias: None
Product: Base System
Classification: Unclassified
Component: misc (show other bugs)
Version: 11.0-RELEASE
Hardware: amd64 Any
: --- Affects Some People
Assignee: freebsd-bugs (Nobody)
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-11-16 20:29 UTC by Charles Ross
Modified: 2018-05-28 17:39 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Charles Ross 2016-11-16 20:29:24 UTC
Attempting to boot the following images on an HP xw4600 workstation fails; the system does not recognize the boot media:


I believe this issue could be related to the new install images that now have combined BIOS and UEFI functionality.

I suggest this because I am able to boot a 10.3 BIOS image without a problem (FreeBSD-10.3-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img). I am also able to boot many Linux installer images using the same hardware.

I have verified the checksums and attempted writing the images several times to known good USB drives.

The system contains an Intel Core 2 Duo E8300 @ 2.83 GHz, 4096 MB RAM.

Sorry for the limited information, but this is the most I can provide without further guidance. I am happy to provide more information upon request.

Thank you!
Comment 1 holindho 2016-12-08 10:51:41 UTC
A related bug at:


Maybe you can try to build your own install media like I did (outlined the steps in the report) and see if it boots for you. I installed FBSD 11 in Virtualbox and used that as the build system. It took something like 8 hours an a 4 core Xeon.
Comment 2 Ed Maste freebsd_committer 2018-05-28 17:39:00 UTC
If you can, please grab the test image from
uncompressing it and writing it to a USB stick, and try booting that on this hardware.

(The test image is not a full installer; it should just boot up to a login prompt.)