Dual boot problems

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Wed Feb 14 17:47:36 UTC 2007

On Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 12:04:57PM -0500, Jeff Palmer wrote:

> Do you really need to use Grub to replace the FreeBSD MBR?
> >I haven't had my hands on Vista yet - in no hurry either -
> >but I think it should boot Vista OK.   I've use it for several
> >other MS versions from Win-95 - Win 2K - Xp-Pro and it works
> >just fine.   I haven't heard that any low level boot code (at the
> >level the MBR works) has been changed in Vista, though I haven't
> >been out looking yet either.
> >
> >I would be interested to know if they have changed the BIOS to MBR to
> >boot sector handoff specs if something has happened to it.
> >
> >////jerry
> Jerry,
> I can confirm the FreeBSD bootloader does *not* work with 
> vista.    from my research, it appears vista now writes some kind of 
> signature or hash into the MBR for the bitlocker technology.    if 
> you modify the MBR with a bootloader (that doesn't chainload)  then 
> the checksum/hash doesn't match, and vista complains that the 
> drive/data is corrupted.   It will not boot.
Geez.  Damn cretins.   Just another attempt to jerk the user around
and strongarm control the use of the system.   

Thanks for the info.


More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list