FreeBSD, Ubuntu and Win XP on one system

Bruno Schmitt nage.403 at
Mon Aug 11 20:23:14 UTC 2008

I recommend installing FreeBSD first, then Windows and then Ubuntu. For
reasons that I don't know, WinXP SP3 will become unable to start if you
installs FreeBSD after it (It will freeze on the welcome screen). - I don't
know if this problem just happened with me or with others people too, but it
happened more than one time.

Ubuntu uses GRUB boot manager and as far as I remember it won't recognize
FreeBSD partition out of the box, so you will have to add some lines to

# For booting FreeBSD
title  FreeBSD 5.2
root   (hd0,a)
chainloader +1

where "(hd0,a)" reflects the position of the FreeBSD primary partition.

On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 1:05 PM, Jack Raats <jack at> wrote:

> I would like to put FreeBSD, Ubuntu and WInXP on one system using a boot
> manager.
> Which version do I have to put first on the harddisk, which second and
> which last?
> I also want to know which bootmanager to use?
> Thanks for your time
> Greeting
> Jack
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