[PC-BSD Testing] Two problems

Arthur Koziol A-Koziol at neiu.edu
Mon Jun 20 13:03:15 PDT 2011


Roelof,

Sorry if this was repeated already but: 
http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=14222


/I installed my very first freeBSD yesterday, and I wanted it to dual 
boot with windows 7. I must say I ran into a lot of trouble before 
getting it to work properly. Since I found very few threads (except that 
of andrnils) on how to achieve that, I thought it could be of some help 
if I gave a feedback. So here is how I did it:

First Attempt (Failure):
I had my Disk partitionned In two: Archlinux on the first, and Windows 7 
in the second. I deleted Archlinux and tryied to install freeBSD on the 
first partition.
I got freeBSD working all right by lost windows 7 (or at least I was no 
longer able to boot it. I was getting a lovely message telling me a 
crucial windows 7 component was missing).

Second Attempt (Success):
Right after that failure, I adopted another strategy:

1. I erased all my disk (with Ubuntu Live CD and gparted) and created 
two partitions:
an NTFS partitions of 30G in the beginning of the disk, and I left the 
other partition
unused. As you can imagine, I definitely lost all my windows 7 data in 
the process (I
had backuped all the important stuff of course)

2. I installed windows 7 in the first partition. There is nothing 
special to say here, the
process is very simple. Just make sure you chose "Custom Install" and 
chose the right
partition

3. I installed freeBSD on the second partition. Here you have to make 
sure you install it
on the unused slice when you get to the FDisk part of installation. The 
second important
thing is to chose the option "Install BootMgr".

And you're done. It worked perfectly for me. I think that the important 
part is to install windows first, and to make sure it is installed in 
the first slice of your disk.

I hope this will help,

PS: I am sorry if my english is not brillant, but I am French..
/
This was obviously not 9.0 but just an FYI.

Arthur


> Oke,
>
> But it still doesn't solve my problems.
>
> Roelof
>
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> From: drulavigne at sympatico.ca
> To: testing at lists.pcbsd.org
> Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:53:21 +0000
> Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Testing] Two problems
>
> Definitely sounds like a BIOS limitation then. I'll put a note in the 
> Handbook.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Dru
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> From: rwobben at hotmail.com
> To: testing at lists.pcbsd.org
> Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:37:16 +0000
> Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Testing] Two problems
>
>
>  yep, then I see the pc-bsd bootloader.
>
> Roelof
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> From: billksun at gmail.com
> Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:06:35 -0700
> To: testing at lists.pcbsd.org
> Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Testing] Two problems
>
> Just checking...but does the PCBSD disk boot by itself as the only 
> disk in the system?
>
> -Bill
>
> On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 8:21 AM, Roelof Wobben <rwobben at hotmail.com 
> <mailto:rwobben at hotmail.com>> wrote:
>
>     I used GAG on Win7 and after that I get a message that bootmgr was
>     missing.
>     Also I did get a message disk error when I want to save the file.
>
>     Roelof
>
>
>     > Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:19:26 -0400
>     > From: kris at pcbsd.org <mailto:kris at pcbsd.org>
>
>     > To: testing at lists.pcbsd.org <mailto:testing at lists.pcbsd.org>
>     > Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Testing] Two problems
>     >
>     > On 06/20/2011 11:17, Bill Sun wrote:
>     > > For what it's worth, I also dual boot (Win7 and PC-BSD 8.1)
>     with each
>     > > OS on their own disks. But I just use the BIOS boot menu to
>     select
>     > > which disk to boot off of, instead of using a boot loader
>     program. I
>     > > think this solution is much simpler and safer. Also, when I
>     installed
>     > > PC-BSD, I disconnected my Win7 disk so that no interference is
>     possible.
>     > >
>     > > -Bill
>     > I've setup a number of systems dual-booted with Win7 / PC-BSD
>     and on
>     > each I load GAG and not had any issues:
>     >
>     > http://gag.sourceforge.net
>     >
>     > --
>     > Kris Moore
>     > PC-BSD Software
>     > iXsystems
>     >
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