I downloaded the FreeBSD 10.0 boot CD ISO (FreeBSD-10.0-RELEASE-ia64-bootonly.iso) and am trying to boot it in VirtualBox for a new FreeBSD installation, without success. On boot I get FATAL: Could not read from the boot medium! System halted.

I already tried:

  • Downloading the other boot ISOs;
  • Use the same ISO on VirtualBox running on Windows and Linux hosts, on different computers.

Here are the configurations I'm using on the VM:

VM configuration

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IA64 architecture is different from AMD64 that is, in fact, implemented in the intel's x86-64 platform.

So you have to download and boot FreeBSD-10.0-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso

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