Quote:> Hi, my first HDD contains both Win98 and Win2000. I am planning to
> install FreeBSD 3.4(came with the book that i bought) on a 2nd hdd,
> occupying the whole disk all by itself. My question is:
> 1) would the FreeBSD boot manager mess up the Win2000/Win98 dualboot
It depends on where Win98 and Win2K are on the disk. The boot manager might
be able to find both of them and boot them; however, they could be problems
depending on where the partitions start. I had to use OS-BS (in /tools)
because I've got 98 on an AIC-7890 (da0) and I wanted BSD on an old 4G EIDE
drive (ad0). Oddities with geometry led me to do a dedicated disk onto ad0,
which the FreeBSD bootloader didn't like too much (F? FreeBSD ... F1 didn't
work). OS-BS 1.35 (I think) in /tools doesn't support booting from
different disks, however, the beta OS-BS DOES. DEFINITELY check the README
for the beta, it does some oddities. It worked for me.
Quote:> 2) When i was at the disk partitioning stage, the first track of the
> 2nd disk is used for storing the MBR/boot manager, right? Somehow
> there's a '>' flag - does that mean that it is over 1024 cylinders and
> won't boot properly? But i already set LBA mode in the bios. Fyi, the
> disk is a 6GB quantum.
The best way to check for geometry (I've found) is to go into the bios,
write down the geometry. Boot into FBSD, run dmesg, check what the geometry
comes up there. Run fdisk from the /stand/sysinstall, and check the
geometry there. All three should be equal.
Hope this helps.
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