On Thu, 2004-01-29 at 18:23, Ion-Mihai Tetcu wrote:
> On Thu, 29 Jan 2004 17:51:59 -0600
> greg <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> [..]
> > I have fomated the MBR on the second drive, so it is MSed. 
> So it boots if you set the BIOS to boot from the first drive, right ?



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> Take a look on the Recovery console by booting from the XP CD. It's the
> infamous ntdlr thing. It is supposed to be fixable without reinstalling
> XP.

This is not an ntldr issue. I forgot to mention that it will load
Windows XP if I change the boot device to IDE-2 in the BIOS settings
(see complication below).

I would not bother worrying about the boot loader if I could change boot
devices easily from the BIOS settings. I would just change the boot
device to be IDE-2 when ever I wanted to use XP. However, there is one
complication. Here is what I have found with some experimentation:

My computer ignores the BIOS boot device settings. It will always try to
boot off the device it booted from last boot. If that device is no
longer present, it will then check the BIOS settings. I will clarify
with a situation.

I am in FreeBSD and I want to use Windows:
- Reboot
- Change boot device to IDE-2 in BIOS settings
- The BSD loader comes up
- Shutdown
- Disconnect Primary Master
- Turn on
- Windows XP now boots
- Shutdown
- Reconnect primary master 
- Turn on
- Windows XP boots, both drives are connected

Now that I am in Windows, I decide I want to go back to FreeBSD.
- reboot
- Change boot device to IDE-0
- Windows XP loads
- Shutdown
- disconnect secondary master
- Turn on 
- Now BSD boots
- shutdown
- reconnect secondary master
- BSD boots and I have both hard drives accessable (but only primary
master boots).

This is a BIOS issue. Maybe the BIOS is flakey  or something. This is
not a BSD issue, I am just giving a little background into why I want to
get this boot loader dual booting. The boot loader IS my fix to my
flakey BIOS.

Now what I want to do, is boot of the primary master all the time and
use a boot loader so I can dual boot.

[... snip ...]
> Try something like: 
> Replace in /boot/grub/grub.conf something like:
>  ------------------------------------------------------
>    title BSD/UN*X FreeBSD 5.1 (UFS2)
>         root (hd1,0,a)
>         kernel /boot/loader
>  ------------------------------------------------------
>  to:
>  ------------------------------------------------------
>    title BSD/UN*X FreeBSD 5.1 (UFS2)
>         root (hd1,0,a)
>         chainloader +1
>  ------------------------------------------------------
> It is supposed to work. If not, post on [EMAIL PROTECTED] asking about how
> to do it.

I will research that. When I tried to install grub from ports, It gave
me a message "GRUB does not support booting from UFS (yet)." I do not
have an ext2 filesystem to install GRUB on.

I will also take a look at Kurt Claussen's suggestion of using BootIt

Thanx guys.


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