After Install -- Where is FreeBSD?

Ed Schouten ed at
Mon Jun 20 17:49:28 GMT 2005

Hello Benjamin,

* Benjamin Sher <delphi123 at> wrote:
> Well, the good news is that my first install of FreeBSD went
> perfectly. I selected ALL for installation of ports and packages so it
> took a good hour to install everything from my two CD's. And some of
> the packages encountered an error and could not be installed (they
> told me to look in the debugger for details).
> Windows XP came through completely unscathed and in perfect working
> order on my first primary HD.
> All that's missing now is FreeBSD. After completing my install, I
> exited. FreeBSD exited normally, then rebooted. But no sign of
> FreeBSD. Instead, Windows came up. I do recall choosing to have a boot
> manager but never actually saw the screen and boot-up options. So, I
> went back into Free BSD by switching back to the CD in my Bios, but
> that's as far as I dare go on my own. What should I do? Am I missing
> something?

We really appreciate your interest in the FreeBSD operating system.
There's only one small thing I'd like to point you at and that's that
<freebsd-current at> is supposed to be a mailing list about the
development about the FreeBSD OS development tree (FreeBSd 6.0 at the

I guess the people at <freebsd-questions at> could be more
useful to you. I've already CC'd this message to them, so I hope that
they'll mail back to you.

I do have one tip for you about your problem; if you've installed
FreeBSD on a machine with multiple harddisks (first disk Windows, second
disk FreeBSD) and your BIOS is set up to boot from the first harddisk
(HDD-0), it will just boot Windows, without even' looking at the
bootloader on the second harddisk. Search for the 'Boot device priority'
options in your PC BIOS Setup.

Good luck!

Yours sincerely,
 Ed Schouten <ed at>
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