Monthly Archives: December 2004

Using pxeboot to install FreeBSD 5.3 on a laptop without bootable CDROM drive

This month I had to install FreeBSD 5.3 on a laptop that lacked a bootable CDROM (a Toshiba Portege R100). Rather than launch the installation from floppies, I decided to explore the use of pxeboot (supported by the R100’s BIOS) to enable the laptop to boot the FreeBSD 5.3 Installation CDROM over my local LAN.