boot problems with FreeBSD, WindowsXP (and Linux)
boxxla at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 14 08:01:17 PST 2006
I've been having some problems with my computer arising out of an install of
FreeBSD 5.4 which I can't seem to solve.
First of all, I started with an 80 GB HD partitioned as such:
c: 20 GB NTFS
d: 20 GB NTFS
e: 40 GB FAT
I first installed a copy of Ubuntu Linux 4.1 onto the Windows "d:". This
worked fine, but it was only to get a look at it before putting FreeBSD onto
the same partition. My 5.4 installation works fine and I can mount both
/dev/ad0s1 and /dev/ad0s3 (NTFS and MSDOS respectively).
The problem is that Windows XP not fails to boot. It appears to start but
then flashes blue and restarts the computer. Repairing with the Windows disk
also causes a reboot and a reinstall would mean overwriting both FreeBSD
(which I could reinstall) but more importantly the 40 GB FAT partition which
I'd rather not loose. I don't need Windows in fact but my FreeBSD is a work
in progress so I'd like to have a copy of Linux to tide me over until
everything is up and working. The problem is that all of the Linux distros
that I've tried (Fedora 4, SUSE, Mandirva, Ubuntu) have complained about the
current partitioning scheme and want to use the entire disk.
FreeBSD's fdisk gives the following:
Disk name: ad0
FDISK Partition Editor
DISK Geometry: 9729 cyls/255 heads/63 sectors = 156296385 sectors
Offset Size(ST) End Name PType Desc
0 63 62 - 12 unused
63 40965687 40965749 ad0s1 4 NTFS/HPFS/QNX 7
40965750 39230730 80196479 ad0s4 8 freebsd 165
80196480 1 80196480 - 12 unused
80196481 1735019 81931499 ad0s2 4 extended DOS 5
81931500 74364885 156296384 ad0s3 4 extended DOS 5
56296385 5103 156301487 - 12 unused 0
Fdisk also complains about incorrect geometry but uses what it considers
probably correct. And it says that ad0s2 does not begin on a track boundary.
I cannot mount ad0s2 and I feel that it is somehow the problem.
What can I do to either correct Windows or install Linux without destroying
my 40GB FAT partition (ad0s3)?
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