I'm new to Free BSD but not to hardware. Sadly most of my experience has been with Windows and a little with Red Hat, so please be patient.
We have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 with a Cd, dual 300MB SCSI drives in a hardware RAID 1, 4G of RAM, and dual quad core Xeon processors.
I downloaded 6.3 i386 ISO from the FreeBSD website, burned the 5 ISOs (including the docs) and began the install.
All components are recognized during the CD boot, and the initial load goes smoothly. After selecting the US as the country, I use the standard install procedure, select All for the disk, select use for the distribution model, accept all the ports, and tell it to use the CD install.
After a brief pause, I get a message that it has successfully written the file structure to disk, then a screen that says
User Confirmation Requested
Unable to transfer the base distribution from acd0
Do you want to try to retrieve it again.
This is as far as I can get. At this point, the CD is unresponsive even to the open button, and the only option is to reboot or answer yes/no to an endless loop of the same questions.