Dual boot problems (RESOLVED)

Questions questions at totaldiver.net
Wed Feb 14 02:51:55 UTC 2007

> On Tue, 13 Feb 2007 20:44:03 -0500 (EST)
> "Questions" <questions at totaldiver.net> wrote:
>> However,  when I try FreeBSD/amd64, grub won't compile (it's
>> architecture is forced to i386 only in the Makefile.  I haven't dug
>> into why, but I'm confident there is a reason. Obviously, grub
>> becomes a non-option.  Gag has the same limitation of being i386 only.
> I'm not sure why gag is i386 only, all it does is install a binary
> floppy disk ISO. You can also install it from many Linux live CDs. Once
> it's installed it's independent of the original installation medium.
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To help anyone out who is also attempting to dualboot FreeBSD/amd64 and
Vista:  here is what I did.

Install Vista first.   Use the disk manager to create a partition (or
resize the partition) to make room for FreeBSD.

reboot,  and install FreeBSD, installing a standard MBR (the machine will
reboot directly into FreeBSD)

After back into a fresh FreeBSD,  do:
sysinstall > Configure > Distributions > lib32   (this installs 32bit
compatibility libraries.

Now fetch
(yes,  the i386 package)

pkg_add grub.tgz

It will now work in compatibility mode,  and you can use it same as you
can with a native FreeBSD/i386.

Hope it helps someone!

- Jeff Palmer

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