On Thu, Jan 08, 2009 at 09:33:12PM -0500, Grant Peel wrote:

> Can I use a windows install cd's "R" option to do the fdisk /mbr ?

Maybe.    But, MS software is notorious for not recognizing any
other OSen nor being able to boot them   So, use the FreeBSD fdisk
which will plant the FreeBSD MBR.

////jerry


> 
> -Grant
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kurt Buff" <kurt.b...@gmail.com>
> To: "Grant Peel" <gp...@thenetnow.com>
> Cc: <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
> Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 8:23 PM
> Subject: Re: FreeBSD Boot Manager
> 
> 
> >On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM, Grant Peel <gp...@thenetnow.com> wrote:
> >>Hi all,
> >>
> >>I was bored earlier tonight and I decided to tinker a bit with FreeBSD 
> >>6.4 on my Windows XP SP3 box.
> >>
> >>In that machine, there is one SATA drive.
> >>
> >>On that drive, there was about 100 GB of free space, so I decided to try 
> >>putting FreeBSD 6.4 on it.
> >>
> >>During the install, I opted to use the Free BSD boot manage. The install 
> >>went flawlessly.
> >>
> >>The problem is, when I boot up I get:
> >>
> >>F1 ??
> >>F2 FreeBSD
> >>F5 Disk1
> >>
> >>F2, is obviously, the new installation of FreeBSD 6.4, which boots 
> >>perfectly.
> >>F5 is a spare SCSI disk connected to an Initio controller.
> >>
> >>F1 is the probelem. Windose no longer boots. When I select F2, I simply 
> >>get the cursor on a new line, and nothing happens.
> >>
> >>Like this:
> >>
> >>F1 ??
> >>F2 FreeBSD
> >>F5 Disk1
> >>_
> >>
> >>Any idea what I might need to do to make windows work again?
> >>
> >>It may be worth mentioning, I had Norton GoBack running on the disk 
> >>before I installed FreeBSD, although I am not aware if it does anything 
> >>to the booting system.
> >>
> >>All suggestions welcome,
> >>
> >>-Grant
> >
> >www.bootdisk.com
> >
> >Find a bootable floppy image there that includes a DOS fdisk, and
> >write it out to a floppy disk.
> >
> >Boot your machine with that floppy, and at the DOS prompt, type 'fdisk
> >/mbr' - it will write a standard boot sector, and Windows should boot
> >again.
> >
> >Of course, this will not allow you to boot to your new FreeBSD
> >installation, but with other folks' help, you can probably overcome
> >that - probably with GRUB, or another boot manager.
> >
> >Kurt
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