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Re: Install - boot question

From: "Steven Looman" <steven@xxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 15:52:13 +0100

It is also possible to use the Windows XP bootloaden (ntloader?).

Copy /boot/boot1 to your Windows partition (if you're using NTFS be creative 
since the partition is probably mounted read only, and you don't want this 

Add this to your boot.ini on your Windows XP partition:
c:\boot1="Dragonfly BSD"
(Assuming the Windows XP partition has the drive letter "c")

While I'm not sure this works for Dragonfly BSD, it does work for FreeBSD 
5.1. I used it for some time.

Steven Looman

"walt" <wa1ter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> On Thu, 30 Dec 2004, Paul Grunwald wrote:
>> I don't mind reinstalling DFly again - what is the best method to 
>> dual-boot
>> DFly and WinXP?
> My answer will not be the simplest path to follow -- but I have been happy
> with grub (Grand Unified Boot Loader) for many years.  It is available as
> a FreeBSD/DrangonFly port for easy installation: /usr/ports/sysutils/grub
> The grub configuration file is the show-stopper:
> # cat /c/boot/grub/menu.lst (also named grub.conf, depending on the 
> version)
> default 1  [boot Dfly (2nd menu choice) by default after 20 seconds]
> timeout 20
> title Windows
> root (hd0,0)  [this is the first partiton of the first hard disk]
> chainloader +1 [load the boot blocks installed by M$ in the Win partition]
> title Dfly
> root (hd0,1,a)    [this is the 2nd DOS partition on the first hard disk]
> kernel /boot/loader   [note: the 'a' refers to the DFlyBSD disklabel 'a']
> In my case, the /c disk is a FAT32 FS because Windows demands a primary
> DOS partition to which it installs its own boot loader, ntldr.  This is
> true whether or not Windows is installed the primary DOS partition, or
> in an extended partition, even on a different physical disk.
> Note that the grub variables 'root' and 'kernel' are the important ones
> to set in the config file.  In the FreeBSD/DflyBSD context, the 'kernel'
> is /boot/loader.  In other settings (linux or NetBSD) the 'kernel' is
> actually the actual executable kernel residing in / or /boot.
> The best way to learn grub is to install it on a floppy boot disk.  You
> can then use the grub boot floppy to boot almost any computer using the
> grub command-line interpreter to set the 'root' and 'kernel' variables
> from the grub command prompt.
> If you don't already know grub, then it may not be the best answer for
> your immediate needs.  I strongly recommend that you invest the time to
> learn how to use grub for the next time you run into similar problems
> with booting.

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