5.1-RELEASE & Windows XP dual-boot issues
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.
> >> 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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