problem with booting and installing

Aiza aiza21 at
Sat Feb 27 04:54:00 UTC 2010

david wilson wrote:
> I am using win xp on a hp laptop.
> I want to run bsd. So i get the cd burned and then 
> when i reboot my system. it starts up in the usual way.
> i have tried setting bios settings for the boot device and
> nothiing seems to work. any other help please?
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Your post is very short on details.
But reading between the lines. I think what you are saying is XP is 
installed in slice 1 of the hard drive and you installed Freebsd into 
slice 2 on the same hard drive. Now when you boot you default into xp 
and Freebsd is no where to be seen. You want option to select xp or 
Freebsd during boot process.

This being the case your error was while installing Freebsd you did not 
select the option to install the boot manager. Reboot from the disc1 
install cd. Do the install again but this time during the fdisk/bsdlabel 
process select option to write boot manager to the MBR.

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