> I finally got my system running with windows XP, but still have a strange
> problem. I have to install windows first each time or freeBSD gets messed
> somehow.. says "root mount failed" during startup then it gives a prompt to
> mount>. Is there some way I can repair this so I don't have to reinstall
> freeBSD each time I reinstall windows?
> Any comments/ideas are very appreciated as I'm very new to BSD and unix in
I had a similar problem and figured out that after the Windows install
the FreeBSD drive slices had changed (ad0s1a was now ad0s2a or something
like that). Once I changed /etc/fstab to match the new names, everything
worked. Try to boot from FreeBSD cd and run fdisk to check the slice
names. Also you'll need to manually mount root using the new name if you
want to edit /etc/fstab - the handbook may help you there.