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Date:      Tue, 2 Aug 2011 18:06:06 -0500
From:      "Conrad J. Sabatier" <conrads@cox.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.org
Subject:   8.2-RELEASE-amd64.iso weirdness (help!)
Message-ID:  <20110802180606.4599d800@serene>

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I burned a copy of FreeBSD-8.2-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso to CD.  It
booted and ran OK, but I encountered some rather odd behavior in a few
places:

As another user mentioned elsewhere, the packages distributions are
beyond minimal, consisting only of some basic documentation in a
variety of locales or languages.  No software packages at all.

Worse still, though, is what I ran across in the
partitioning/labeling/boot record section of sysinstall; no more
"dangerously dedicated" mode (unless you go into "expert" mode, which
is rather a mystery to me), and worse yet, it seems that the options to
install a plain master boot record or boot manager have no effect
whatsoever!

This is causing me no end of grief, as I'm trying to return this
machine back to FreeBSD after having run Linux on it for some time.
The only reason I initially installed Linux was that, at the time I
bought the machine, neither my hard drive nor my CD drive were being
recognized by FreeBSD (this has been fixed since then, I'm happy to
report).

The really crucial problem I'm facing right now is that I can't get
Linux's damned "grub" off of my hard drive!   I was hoping that using
"dangerously dedicated" mode in sysinstall would allow me to overwrite
the lingering copy of grub on my hard drive that I just can't seem to
get rid of.  The FreeBSD install works for the most part, despite the
few oddities mentioned above, but when I try to boot into it afterwards,
grub seizes control and hangs with an error code.

I've tried numerous workarounds, using boot0cfg and both FreeBSD's and
Linux's fdisk and friends, but to no avail.  I'm stymied at this point,
and desperately in need of some advice here.

Can some sage person out there help me out of this predicament?  Right
now I feel like I'm doomed to keep running Linux or nothing at all!  I
am dying to get back to FreeBSD again.

HELP!!!  :-)

-- 
Conrad J. Sabatier
conrads@cox.net



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