Brief background information that may be useful: I'm an Ubuntu user (I have only Ubuntu installed on this machine) with an interest in trying out PC-BSD. My machine has no optical drive, so I've been booting live systems off USB exclusively.
I've been trying to boot PC-BSD 9.0 off my USB flash drive using the IMG files provided. While my preference has been using USBLITE, I've also tried USBFULL just in case. I tried with BETA3 and now RC1. In all cases, I boot to "Missing operating system". This occurs when using the dd utility as explained in numerous sources:
# dd if=<PC-BSD IMG> of=/dev/sdc1 bs=64k
I've also tried the ISO with Unetbootin and booting to it through GRUB; no go for either of them (admittedly long shots, but I wanted to try whatever I could).
I ran searches and found really only these relevant results:
The former seems to be recommending the use of Windows tools, which may work for the original topic poster since he stated he tried under both Linux and Windows, but I have no access to Windows. The latter refers to "after install", and of course the only thing installed to the flash drive would be the live system from the IMG file, so I'm really not sure if that applies here.
Is there anything I could do under current circumstances to get this thing to work? I'm rather keen to enter the FreeBSD world, and I think PC-BSD would be my ticket in.
EDIT: That was a stupid mistake; "sdc1" instead of "sdc". I guess the guide here is incorrect: http://forums.pcbsd.org/showthread.php?t=12631
<- It would have me using sdc1 rather than sdc as shown in the given example using sdg. And the other sources showed FreeBSD device names like da0. I'll admit that confused me a bit since I have no prior FreeBSD experience, so given my Linux experience, I thought perhaps da was the device and 0 was a partition number. I can boot now.