Installing a new system....

Peter Wemm peter at
Fri May 7 12:11:17 PDT 2004

On Thursday 06 May 2004 10:16 pm, Joe Fenton wrote:
> Willem Jan Withagen wrote:
> >>>When thing go as planned I'm getting my dual opteron system this
> >>> week. So it is time to start planning....
> >>>
> >>>What I'm wanting to dump on it:
> >>>    FBSD AMD64
> >>>    FBSD i386
> >>>    Win2K i386
> >>>    Win2k x86_???? Beta
> >>>perhaps
> >>>    linux-amd64
> >>>(note it has a 200Gb disk)
> >>>
> >>>What bootmanager should I use.
> >
> >Anybody tried LILO for these kinds of excercises??
> I have Windows XP Pro on drive 0, partition 0, XP64 on drive 0,
> partition 1, and Fedora Core 2 Test 3 x86-64 on drive 1.
> I have GRUB set to boot them, but remember to go into the BIOS
> and set the Windows drive to LBA mode (if it's on AUTO) or GRUB
> won't boot Windows. If you tell GRUB to boot Windows and it just
> sits there, that's probably the problem.
> The FreeBSD booter didn't have this trouble. Seems to be a
> limitation in GRUB. I haven't tried LILO.

It has been ages since I've messed with grub, but there is one thing 
that I'd like to make sure is well understood.  With FreeBSD on amd64, 
there is a very strong symbiotic relationship between loader and the 
kernel.  A lot more work is done in loader on amd64 than is done on 
i386.  There is no chance that grub etc will be able to boot an amd64 
kernel directly.

Of course, if grub boots the loader, then it should be ok.  But you 
can't get loader out of the loop.

This might not be directly relevant to the discussion here, but I wanted 
to mention it while I thought of it.
Peter Wemm - peter at; peter at; peter at
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