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Archive => 17.1 Legacy Series => Topic started by: jhaines42 on April 18, 2017, 10:59:32 am

Title: Installing for the first time
Post by: jhaines42 on April 18, 2017, 10:59:32 am

I am having issues installing for the first time on an x86 box with 1Gb ram 2 x NICS, I am not the best with Linux and trying to create a USB stick to install but it's not working.

I am using windows 7 as my main OS and I am not certain what ISO or Img I should be using and the process to create a bootable USB, when I try to create the USB it fails and I have tried many ISO to USB tools.

Title: Re: Installing for the first time
Post by: bartjsmit on April 18, 2017, 12:15:02 pm
Hi Julian,

The image you should likely use is the one marked vga, assuming you have a video card in your x86 machine (serial if you don't). Google the CPU model to find out if it supports 64-bit operation (most recent ones do).

OPNsense is based on FreeBSD (not Linux) and there are challenges with the USB stick writing process. Your best bet is to use a USB 2.0 port and flash drive with software that can do a pure bit-for-bit transfer. UNIX like systems (Linux, MacOS, etc.) can use the dd utility but physdiskwrite v0.3 or later is the least troublesome on Windows. Some people boot their main computer from a Linux live CD just to get access to dd.

More details are here: https://docs.opnsense.org/manual/install.html