booting into windows changes active partition on dualboot system

Matt Heath matt at
Tue May 27 04:55:09 PDT 2003

yussef wrote:

>I have a dualboot system with freebsd 4.8 installed on the primary
>slice, and win2k installed on the secondary slice. The OS' were
>installed in this order. Ive installed many fbsd/win2k dualboot systems
>before [usually with windows as the primary slice, and bsd and the
>secondary], always using the fbsd boot manager, and never having any
>problems going between os's. 
>However, on this system, as long as i boot
>into bsd all is fine. But when i boot into windows, the windows slice
>becomes the active slice, thus when i reboot, i cant access either
>slice. i have to boot off a fbsd cd, then rewrite the bootmanager
>[resetting the bsd slice to be the bootable slice]. The other option i
>have is to manually set the bsd partition as active, while still in bsd,
>then rebooting works fine. I've never seen this problem before, and tho
>i accept it as a sign from the unix gods as which os i should use ;) i
>would still like eliminate this issue.
>thank you

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