Dual Boot FreeBSD and Linux

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.no-ip.com
Mon Apr 28 07:31:56 PDT 2003

stan <stanb at awod.com> writes:

> I've got a new laptop that I want to dual boot FreeBSD, and Debian Linux
> on.
> I installed FreeBSD specifying the boot loader, and then rebooted the
> machine. I then installed Debian, specifying to leave the MBR alone, and
> install LILO in /target on the linux filesystem partition.
> However now when I reboot, I get a choice for Linux, but pressing that key
> (happens to be F3) just beeps. I looked in the handbook, and all I could
> find about this was how to make LILO do this. I've run multi boot machines
> in the past using the FreeBSD bootloader, but it's been a while, and I
> forget the details of making it work.
> Would I be better off using LILO or the FreeBSD bootloader (or Grub)?
> How can I make the FreeBSD bootloader work for this?

I'm assuming you can boot FreeBSD okay.

Make sure that Linux boots from a primary partition.
If it is, then my guess is that the problem is with the LILO
installation on that partition; *that* is what the FreeBSD bootloader
is trying to boot.

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