Questions on first-time installation

Jan Grant jan.grant at
Wed Nov 8 08:42:40 UTC 2006

On Tue, 7 Nov 2006, Bob Schwartz wrote:

> ... at least as it is desribed in the DELL
> docs and bios...

Be really careful. The windows boot loader should be able to boot a 
freebsd install for you. Dell usually ship their machines with a small 
partition at the front of the drive (at least, they did last time I 
received one). That partition is at an odd offset and didn't agree with 
the FBSD partition editor: I found this out the hard way. Things may 
have changed since then; I usually nuke the dell partition anyway.


PS. I should say that my bad experience with the partition editor is a 
few years old; I've not tried again recently with new Dell kit.

jan grant, ISYS, University of Bristol.
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