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Date:      Thu, 8 Jan 2009 21:33:12 -0500
From:      "Grant Peel" <gpeel@thenetnow.com>
To:        "Kurt Buff" <kurt.buff@gmail.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD Boot Manager
Message-ID:  <FE989820C9A9409C9F3C950C293260D6@GRANTLAPTOP>
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Can I use a windows install cd's "R" option to do the fdisk /mbr ?

-Grant

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kurt Buff" <kurt.buff@gmail.com>
To: "Grant Peel" <gpeel@thenetnow.com>
Cc: <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: FreeBSD Boot Manager


> On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM, Grant Peel <gpeel@thenetnow.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I was bored earlier tonight and I decided to tinker a bit with FreeBSD 
>> 6.4 on my Windows XP SP3 box.
>>
>> In that machine, there is one SATA drive.
>>
>> On that drive, there was about 100 GB of free space, so I decided to try 
>> putting FreeBSD 6.4 on it.
>>
>> During the install, I opted to use the Free BSD boot manage. The install 
>> went flawlessly.
>>
>> The problem is, when I boot up I get:
>>
>> F1 ??
>> F2 FreeBSD
>> F5 Disk1
>>
>> F2, is obviously, the new installation of FreeBSD 6.4, which boots 
>> perfectly.
>> F5 is a spare SCSI disk connected to an Initio controller.
>>
>> F1 is the probelem. Windose no longer boots. When I select F2, I simply 
>> get the cursor on a new line, and nothing happens.
>>
>> Like this:
>>
>> F1 ??
>> F2 FreeBSD
>> F5 Disk1
>> _
>>
>> Any idea what I might need to do to make windows work again?
>>
>> It may be worth mentioning, I had Norton GoBack running on the disk 
>> before I installed FreeBSD, although I am not aware if it does anything 
>> to the booting system.
>>
>> All suggestions welcome,
>>
>> -Grant
>
> www.bootdisk.com
>
> Find a bootable floppy image there that includes a DOS fdisk, and
> write it out to a floppy disk.
>
> Boot your machine with that floppy, and at the DOS prompt, type 'fdisk
> /mbr' - it will write a standard boot sector, and Windows should boot
> again.
>
> Of course, this will not allow you to boot to your new FreeBSD
> installation, but with other folks' help, you can probably overcome
> that - probably with GRUB, or another boot manager.
>
> Kurt
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