[PC-BSD Testing] Some experiments with BTX

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Wed Jul 13 12:12:33 PDT 2011

On 07/13/2011 10:15, Mahmoud Al-Qudsi wrote:
> On Jul 7, 2011, at 8:34 PM, Mahmoud Al-Qudsi wrote:
>> As some of you may know, I've been testing the BTX bootloader in a number of various configurations over the past few days, with some help and guidance from Dru. My testing was all done with the July 1st snapshot of PC-BSD 9.0 on a MacBook in VMware Fusion.
>>>> The above require that /boot/pmbr and /boot/boot0 (both attached, see btx.zip) be copied from PC-BSD to the root of a partition on hard disk 0 (this is hd0,0 in the above example). I plan on automating this procedure entirely (to the extent that you select which partition PC-BSD is installed to from a drop-down and everything else is done for you) in EasyBCD [1]. I'm currently out of the country, but hope to have a beta build of EasyBCD [2] that can do this mid-next week.
> Hello again everyone,
> I've been working on EasyBCD's PC-BSD support, and I think I have a beta build that can be used and tested by anyone that's interested in getting the dual-boot to work.
> Steps are simple:
> 1) Install PC-BSD to the same or different disk as Windows using GPT or MBR.
> 2) Do NOT check the "install bootloader" option in PC-BSD setup
> 3) After setup completes you'll be rebooted into Windows, where you need to run EasyBCD
> 4) EasyBCD | Add Entry | Linux | FreeBSD/PC-BSD | Add Entry
> 5) Reboot and enjoy the dual-boot
> EasyBCD 2.1.1 beta build 147 can be downloaded from http://j.mp/EBCD2
> You can also subscribe to email notification for new beta builds from there.
> Looking forward to hearing some feedback and hoping it works for everybody!
> Cheers,
> Mahmoud

Thanks so much for figuring this out! I'm going to be removing that 
"install boot-loader" option here shortly, since it causes a lot of 
confusion anyway :)

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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