configuring the freebsd boot manager

caleb s0x7c0 at
Mon Mar 30 03:28:27 PDT 2009

Ramiro Caso wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I am having some problems understanding how the freebsd boot manager 
>> works. I have installed FreeBSD and Linux on the same laptop HD and want 
>> to be able to select which one to boot when the computer starts. I 
>> installed the bootmanager to to the MBR during installation and when I 
>> boot the laptop I am presented with four choices;
>> F1 - FreeBSD
>> F2 - Linux
>> F3 - ???
>> F4 - Linux
>> but I am only able to select F1, F2-F3 only make the laptop beep and 
>> doesnt load anything. The way I have set up the HD is for Partition 1 to 
>> be a FreeBSD Slice, Partition 2 the Linux / Partition 3 is Linux swap 
>> and Partition 4 is Linux /home. Any help would be great
> This is a silly question, actually: do you have LILO installed on your Linux boot partition?
> I have BootEasy on the MBR, and LILO on Linux boot, and it works just fine. Also:
Hi Ramiro,

Thanks for the reply. I tried a new approach because I dont think Ubuntu 
uses LILO. So instead  I installed GRUB to the MBR and added an entry 
for freebsd in /boot/grub/menu.lst

title      FreeBSD 7.1, RELEASE
root      (hd0,3,a)
kernel   /boot/loader

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