7.2 Release kills my XP Dual Boot

Graham Bentley admin at cpcnw.co.uk
Fri May 15 19:01:26 UTC 2009

Hi All,

I downloaded the DVD version of 7.2 Release and did a minimum install
as usual before customizing and for the first time in years FreeBSD
installer has done something odd to my XP boot loader (whatever is

I know I'm likely to be told to go to a Windows forum but wondered
if anyone else has had the same problem?

Basically I can install FreeBSD, get the BTX loader prompt and boot

If I choose F1 I get an error message which started out as something
like 'invalid operating system' (can't quite remember!) then after
running fixmbr and fixboot as well as running file system checks
with ERD I am left with a 'trap 00000006 exception' error that I
cant seem to resolve.

XP 'repair' says its doing what its supposed to but makes no 
difference and Ive tried custom commands like ;

fixmbr \Device\HardDisk0
fixmbr \Device\HarddiskVolume1

to no avail. Its as if theses commands do nothing. Ive Googled an hour
and not come up with anything that helps.

I do have my stuff backed up but would like to avoid a re-install of
XP if poss. Luckily FreeBSD only takes me about 15 mins :)

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

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