Problems setting up dual-boot

Hyunseog Ryu at Norlight hyun at
Fri Apr 25 13:00:37 PDT 2003

Install w2k on hd0 first, but leave a little bit of room. 
Then install fbsd on hd0 and hd2.
You can install / partition on hd0, and rest of partitions to hd2.
O.k. I'm done with my sub, so I can type with two hands.

If I were you, I will install W2K on hd0 with 1GB free.
Then install FreeBSD with following options.
/ (root) partition	hd0	512MB
swap partition		hd0 	512MB
/usr				hd2	2GB or larger if you run CVS for
source/kernel update
/usr/local			hd2	1GB or whatever you like
/var				hd2	1GB		log file and temp
/home				hd2	rest of harddisk space

In this case, bootmanager will not have a problem to recognize both W2K and
And system performance will be a little better, I believe.

Thumbs of rule is putting boot partition on same physical disk. 

There might be some other ways, but this will be good for start.

I hope you don't need to spend whole this weekend to figure this out. 


Hyunseog Ryu 
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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of Adam
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2003 12:28 PM
To: questions at
Subject: Problems setting up dual-boot

I've tried about 18 different ways to get my dual-boot working, but it
just refuses to give me the option to choose between OS's.

Here's my setup:
hd0: Windows 2000
hd2: FreeBSD 5.0

During install, I specified to install the FreeBSD Boot Manager on hd2.
However, the boot manager does not detect the Windows 2000 partition,
and jumps right in to running FreeBSD.

I then tried running /stand/sysinstall to do a post-install fdisk to add
the boot manager to hd0. The idea here was to boot to hd0, select Win2k,
or load up the boot manager on hd2 and proceed. However, this setup just
jumps right into Win2k without any options.

I've been all over and
#BOOTMGR, but I'm afraid that I'm just about out of ideas. The terminology
is a bit foreign to me, so following the instructions is a bit difficult.

Someone suggested modifying the Windows boot.ini file to do it, but I'm
not really sure how to do that either.

I'm almost to the point of just reinstalling from scratch to get this
working. However, before I do that, I'd like to see if someone can offer
some advice. I'm lost at the moment, so any extra info would surely be

Adam <blueeskimo at>

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