OpenBSD 5.6

  1. Retrieve install56.fs from one of the HTTP or FTP mirrors listed at

  2. Write the image to a USB memstick.

    See also

    Writing Flash Drives

    Writing an OS installation image to flash media

  3. Connect to the console port of the RCC-VE using a mini-USB cable attached to another system.

    See also

    Connecting to Console Port

    Connecting to the console port. Cable is required.

  4. Place the memstick in one of the USB ports and boot the system.

  5. After a minute a boot loader prompt will appear that says “boot>”. The terminal settings must be changed at this prompt. If nothing is typed before the timeout expires (which is pretty quick - 3 seconds or so), the boot will continue automatically with the default terminal settings, which will not work properly. It’s important to pay close attention while the machine is starting up and to start typing when the “boot>” prompt appears. Type the following commands and press enter after each one:

    stty com1 115200
    set tty com1
  6. The machine will boot and automatically start an installer. A prompt will appear with the choices of Install, Upgrade, Autoinstall or Shell. Type i and press enter to install.

  7. The installer will ask questions about the system and network configuration. Identify and configure the network interface that was connected to the LAN earlier. On 4 port models, the interfaces are named em0, em1, em2, em3 from left to right. On 6 port models, the interfaces are named em1, em0, em2, em3, em4, em5 from left to right.

  8. The installer will prompt to change the default console to com1. Type y and press Enter.

  9. The installer will ask “Which speed should com1 use?” and default to 115200 since that is what was set manually at the boot prompt. Press Enter to accept this value.

  10. Answer the rest of the configuration prompts with values appropriate to the needs of this installation.

  11. When the “CONGRATULATIONS” message appears along with a shell prompt after the install has completed, type reboot and press Enter. The system will reboot.

  12. Remove the USB drive from the USB port. OpenBSD will start up automatically. If the USB drive remains attached, the system will boot into the installer again because the system firmware is configured so that a device plugged into the USB port will be booted with a higher priority.