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Date:      Sat, 10 Jan 2009 13:34:51 -0500
From:      "Grant Peel" <gpeel@thenetnow.com>
To:        "Jerry McAllister" <jerrymc@msu.edu>
Cc:        Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu>, Michael Copeland <michael.copeland@gmail.com>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD Boot Manager
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Jerry,

Maybe true. When this all started I used the ISO disk from the Symantec site 
to remove GoBack. I assumed in doing so ('unhooking GoBack from the MBR), 
that it would replace the original windows one.

It may also be worth noting that this disk -had- a recovery partition on it 
once upon a time. I have not idea weather this plays a parts in the latest 
woes.

Either way, I need to save the data (as I mentioed \I am doing), dd the disk 
to clear everything, and reinstall.

No biggies since I have not lost any data :-)

Thanks for all the help and I ideas though, this has been a learning safari!

-Grant
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jerry McAllister" <jerrymc@msu.edu>
To: "gpeel" <gpeel@thenetnow.com>
Cc: "Jerry McAllister" <jerrymc@msu.edu>; "Michael Copeland" 
<michael.copeland@gmail.com>; <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2009 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: FreeBSD Boot Manager


> On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 12:52:07PM -0500, gpeel wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Jusat to answer Mike's question, nothing is working to get the MBR and
>> Windows boot back.
>>
>> I ahve been to the windows recovery console many times and ran the 
>> Fixboot,
>> Fixmbr commands, being very meticulous about the paramaters etc.
>>
>> I ahve also tried reinstalling the FreeBSD boot manager, and rerunning 
>> the
>> Norton GoBack unhook.
>
> If you read through my post on this, note the scenario I narrated.
> It is quite possible that every time you run that GoBack thing, it
> is putting back the wrong MBR from its corrupted stash.
>
> ////jerry
>
>
>
>>
>> When I run the recovery console, and do the fixmbr, I get messages about 
>> the
>> current MBR not being standard, and that if I install a new one, I may 
>> loose
>> the partitions. So far, that is not true. The windows partition is still
>> there, but not being used to boot.
>>
>> Fortuneatley, I can see my windows partition in KNoppix, so I am in the
>> process of getting the data moved to a backup drive. Indeed, I am 
>> writting
>> this email through Konquerer!
>>
>> Thank god for live file systems.
>>
>> -Grant
>>
>> On Fri, 09 Jan 2009 19:30:53 -0500, Michael Copeland wrote
>> > Jerry McAllister wrote:
>> > > On Thu, Jan 08, 2009 at 09:33:12PM -0500, Grant Peel wrote:
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >> Can I use a windows install cd's "R" option to do the fdisk /mbr ?
>> > >>
>> > >
>> > > Maybe.    But, MS software is notorious for not recognizing any
>> > > other OSen nor being able to boot them   So, use the FreeBSD fdisk
>> > > which will plant the FreeBSD MBR.
>> > >
>> > > ////jerry
>> > >
>> > >
>> > has this issue been resolved? what route did you choose to
>> > accomplish your task?
>> > >
>> > >> -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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