Using boot manager with FreeBSD and Windows
delphi123 at zebra.net
Tue Mar 21 15:33:04 UTC 2006
Dear Jud and friends:
OK, I finally figured out how to make OSL2000 work. In scanning all
bootable partitions, it lists FreeBSD as two partitions: the 512 MB
/boot partition (name unknown) and the FreeBSD 37 GB partition. It will
not boot FreeBSD from the FreeBSD partition but, after changing the mode
to swap, it booted at last directly into FreeBSD with the command
"startx". I first saw during bootup that it said that I named
"localhost" (for Mindspring) incorrectly. At any way, I was pretty
disheartened when I finally arrived in FreeBSD. What I saw were two
rectangular screens (with green edges): the one on the left said:
"login", the one on the right said: "xterm". Plus a tiny clock in the
upper corner. I feel completely lost. Where is KDE? What command should
I use to get into KDE or to access the Internet?
Thank you all so much.
> On Tue, 21 Mar 2006 09:45:41 -0500, "Benjamin Sher"
> <delphi123 at zebra.net> said:
>> Dear friends:
>> [Dell 8200]
>> First, my thanks to everyone who was kind enough to respond to my
>> problem booting up to FreeBSD 6.
>> I did a complete, fresh install from the CD and made sure to also
>> configure the FreeBSD boot manager for MBR. Everything should be working
>> but I still can't boot up.
>> So, I downloaded and installed OSL2000 (latest version: Nov, 2005). It
>> is supposed to boot up as many as 100 OS's. It lists all bootable media,
>> including Windows and FreeBSD. Windows boots up perfectly but when I
>> click on FreeBSD and try to boot it, I get a simple two word error
>> message: "Read error".
>> I would appreciate your explanation and help. Is this a fatal error? How
>> do I solve this problem?
>> Thank you so much.
> Use the Dell or (preferably) the hard drive manufacturer's utility to
> see if there are any problems with the hard drive on which you've
> installed FreeBSD.
> If the hard drive is OK, then re-configure FreeBSD with just a 'normal'
> MBR (i.e., do *not* choose the FreeBSD boot manager - OSL2000 is now
> doing that job - or to leave the MBR as is, since it's currently in an
> unbootable state). Now OSL2000 (or GAG, which will do the same job for
> free rather than having to spend $25 at the end of the OSL2000 trial
> period) should be able to boot FreeBSD.
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