WinXP and FreeBSD configuration problems

Andreas Kohn andreas.kohn at
Fri Aug 5 16:02:58 GMT 2005

On Thu, 2005-08-04 at 22:44 -0400, dmwassman at wrote:
> Hello all,
> OK it is now day three and I have given up. This will be a long 
> one just to warn you now. 
> First, I tried to install windows on the first 2G partition then 
> tried to install freebsd as follows 
> ad0s0		NTFS		2G	#Windows Boot
> ad0s1		FreeBSD	2G	#FreeBSD Boot/Swap
> ad0s3		FAT		20G	#Windows
> ad0s4		FreeBSD	298G	#FreeBSD	
> Now when I finished installing WinXP I could boot with no problems 
> but after installing FreeBSD, I get a BSOD when trying to boot WinXP. 
> I looked thru google, FreeBSD, and Microsoft for a possible answer. 
> No. Everyone seems to just put all of WinXP on the first partition 
> and then FreeBSD or Linux. I think thats fine for a 20, 30 or even 
> 80 GiB HD but I think there will be a performance issue with the 
> boot and swap so deep on the HD.


I would say this is a Windows problem. Old Windows certainly had the 
habit of only reading the partition table up to the first non-windows
Looks like WinXP still does the same.

But as your only reason for trying for days to get this to work is
a possible performance loss, you may perhaps want to try to measure this
loss and see if it warrants days of work against Windows.

Best regards,

<TalisA> was macht man eigentlich auf einer linux-gamer lan ? hl server
aufsetzen und freuen ? *duck* ^^
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