Howdy, > Hello, > This weekend I purchased a laptop with a core2duo processor. The laptop > came with windows Vista premier. Due to some applications that I require, > removing Vista and installing FreeBSD is not an issue. (Please leave the > Vista/Microsoft flames at the door) > > When I install FreeBSD/i386, I can then install grub (instead of > FreeBSD's bootloader) and I can have grub "chainload" the Vista > bootloader. All works fine. > > However, when I try FreeBSD/amd64, grub won't compile (it's architecture > is forced to i386 only in the Makefile. I haven't dug into why, but I'm > confident there is a reason. Obviously, grub becomes a non-option. Gag > has the same limitation of being i386 only.
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 > Has anyone successfully been able to dual boot Vista + FreeBSD/amd64? I'm > eager to have both on the laptop, however I've spent the entire weekend > scouring google, and reinstalling both freebsd (i386 and amd64 versions) > and have reinstalled vista at least 8 times. > > I've already thought about using the windows bootloader, but Vista has > done away with NTLDR/boot.ini in favor of "BCD". editing BCD seems > non-trivial at best, and frankly I'm getting tired of reinstalling OS's; > so I thought I'd ask around instead of reinventing the wheel. > > > Thank you in advance for any advice, or input. Also thanks in advance for > leaving the irrelevant MS hatred out of the thread. > > - Jeff Palmer > > > _______________________________________________ > firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions > To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" > _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"