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    FreeBSD 5.4 & Win Xp Pro dual boot problem


    Hi,

    I have installed FreeBSD 5.4 on second IDE hard drive. I installed the Boot Manager. After installation was completed I cannot boot to my windows partition because the boot loader says:

    F1 ??
    F5 Drive 1


    so I press F5

    That follows with:

    F1 FreeBSD
    F5 Drive 0

    When I press F5 - ( assuming that would go into Windows ) it just hangs. But when I press F1 - it safely goes into FreeBSD>

    How can I get my Windows partition back?
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    The only thing I can think of is perhaps for you to use the Windows install disk and select the Repair option (instead of install). This will put back the boot sector to Windows. Then, install FreeBSD and use a different boot-manager such as GRUB instead of BootMgr.
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    Yes, but how can I install Grub if I cannot boot into my second FreeBSD operating system.

    The system will boot into windows automatically if I do what you suggest.
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    Yes, this means you'll have to reinstall freebsd again. I was assuming that you'd just installed freebsd and didn't mind reinstalling it again .
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    Originally Posted by Scorpions4ever
    Yes, this means you'll have to reinstall freebsd again. I was assuming that you'd just installed freebsd and didn't mind reinstalling it again .
    Your instructions totally are too disorganized and out of whack. Seya
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    WRONG. That's how it is on my system. Use F1 for windows. I bet you that's an intentional easter egg from the developers. It's like they don't know what windows is. Don't press F5 F5. Press F5 F1 for FreeBSD and just F1 for Windows. Don't listen to these negative nancies.
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    Ummml. What's going on here?
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    Originally Posted by M.Hirsch
    Ummml. What's going on here?
    It would appear to be the not so pleasnt business of playing with MBR's, Grub, bootloaders. For those who insist on running a dual boot you can eat all the cheese in your house with one wrong step. Be warned!!

    Even the use of partition managers like Partion magic still warn you about the need to take backups.
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    Originally Posted by Ergo12
    It would appear to be the not so pleasnt business of playing with MBR's, Grub, bootloaders. For those who insist on running a dual boot you can eat all the cheese in your house with one wrong step. Be warned!!

    Even the use of partition managers like Partion magic still warn you about the need to take backups.
    Yeah, thanks. I got that part.
    But I was wondering about the way people say "thank you" for getting help:
    "Your instructions totally are too disorganized and out of whack. Seya"
    "WRONG. ... Blah blah blah ... Don't listen to these negative nancies."

    And where's the context for "Ziptnf"'s post? What is right or wrong?
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    Just press F1 to boot into windows. Don't be fooled by the question marks.

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