On Tue, Feb 04, 2003 at 08:50:58PM -0500, John H Hofstetter wrote: > The reason I'm asking where the FreeBSD boot manager is because I need to > get rid of it, make it go away. This is not because I'm displeased with > FreeBSD as an operating system but due to the fact that I'm limited to a > 56k dial up and too broke to spend any money at this time on the very > reasonably priced CD set. This being the situation and a friend having > loaned me a Linux distribution, I opted to scrub, for now the FreeBSD > partition and load Linux. Upon scrubbing the non-DOS partition, the boot > manager still remains and it won't allow booting to Linux and appears to > be interfering with the Linux boot manager. For now I'm using the 30 day > demo of BootIt, and I'd like to resolve this boot manager issue before > the 30 days are up. I must say I'm impressed with what FreeBSD has to > offer and will try a serious full blown install some day.
The FreeBSD boot manager resides entirely within the 512b boot block in sector 0 of the disk. You should be able to eliminate it be rewriting the 'Master Boot Record'. Under FreeBSD that's done by: # fdisk -B -b /boot/mbr ad0 where '/boot/mbr' contains a default MBR image. Similarly from an MS Win Dos command line you can run: > fdisk /mbr c: Under Linux, one way to do the equivalent is apparently: # lilo -i /boot/boot.b but you'll have to specify the drive to operate on via /etc/lilo.conf. At least, that's the sum of my vague recollection of doing this sort of thing a long time ago and my reading of the Linux man pages. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK To Unsubscribe: send mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED] with "unsubscribe freebsd-questions" in the body of the message