5.1-RELEASE & Windows XP dual-boot issues

Scott Reese sreese at codysbooks.com
Wed Jul 2 10:17:27 PDT 2003

On Tue, 2003-07-01 at 19:36, Jud wrote:
> > I have two physical drives (ad0, ad1).  XP is on ad0 (the first drive)
> > and FreeBSD is on ad1 (the second drive).  I have been using booteasy on
> > the *first* drive with a regular mbr on the second and that worked just
> > fine until I did a fresh install of 5.1.  What I'm trying to get at is
> > how best to re-install windows (or work around the 'NTLDR is missing'
> > message) *without* then rendering my FreeBSD install unbootable because
> > we all know that Windows overwrites the mbr by default because it thinks
> > it's supreme ruler of the universe.
> Short of reinstalling the entire Win OS, you can save time and trouble by 
> booting from your XP CD and electing to repair your XP installation, either 
> automatically or from the console by using the 'fixmbr' and 'fixboot' 
> commands.  Or if you happen to have a Win98 rescue floppy hanging around, 
> you can boot off that and do 'fdisk /mbr'.

After weighing all the options, I decided to go ahead and install Win 2k
from scratch.  XP wasn't terribly happy on this machine anyway (XP being
something of a hog) and I don't really need Windows for all that much.

> [snip]
> >> You may want to have a look at GAG, which is freeware, open source, 
> >> graphical, and rather automagic.  Worked "out of the box" on my setup, 
> >> which involves dual booting Win2K and FreeBSD from a RAID0 array.
> >
> > Thanks, I will take a look at it.
> Let us know how things turn out.

GAG is a winner!  It was easy to install and is easy to use.  It worked
like a charm.  Thanks!


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