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Date:      Wed, 29 Nov 2006 00:11:57 -0000
From:      "Frank Mitchell" <>
To:        <>
Subject:   Bug 48341 MBR OverWrites
Message-ID:  <000001c7134b$a82c50e0$fed3ae51@hal>

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Re: Problem 48341: sysinstall deletes mbr

I just bought a new computer and installed NetBSD, followed by FreeBSD. The
NetBSD Boot Selector has advantages, so I installed it and told sysinstall
to Leave MBR Unaltered. And apparently it did.

I encountered the MBR issue earlier this year, and John Baldwin supplied an
alternative explanation:
From: "John Baldwin" <>
To: <>
Cc: "Frank Mitchell" <>;
<>; <>
Subject: Re: bin_48341 & Dual-Booting
Date: 22 March 2006 21:56

On Wednesday 22 March 2006 11:20, Frank Mitchell wrote:
> Dear Matteo Riondato,
> Being new to FreeBSD, I wanted to re-run sysinstall a few times without
> disturbing my Windows Me boot set-up. So I chose the "Boot Manager = None"
> Option, intending to leave the MBR untouched while I investigated the
> possibility of booting from a Floppy. But I soon found my machine rebooted
> into FreeBSD every time. I didn't see Windows Me again until I installed
> FreeBSD Boot Manager, which luckily dual-booted okay. (Windows Me gave
> problems using Lilo).

This is because the default boot manager windows installs just boots the
'active' slice, and sysinstall marked the FreeBSD slice as active.

John Baldwin <>  <><
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