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Old 1st October 2008
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next trouble, installing grub...

I have a dualboot machine, fresh install:

Code:
[pba@archangel /usr/home/pba]$ fdisk
******* Working on device /dev/ad0 *******
parameters extracted from in-core disklabel are:
cylinders=581290 heads=16 sectors/track=63 (1008 blks/cyl)

Figures below won't work with BIOS for partitions not in cyl 1
parameters to be used for BIOS calculations are:
cylinders=581290 heads=16 sectors/track=63 (1008 blks/cyl)

Media sector size is 512
Warning: BIOS sector numbering starts with sector 1
Information from DOS bootblock is:
The data for partition 1 is:
sysid 165 (0xa5),(FreeBSD/NetBSD/386BSD)
    start 63, size 102397617 (49998 Meg), flag 80 (active)
        beg: cyl 0/ head 1/ sector 1;
        end: cyl 1023/ head 244/ sector 63
The data for partition 2 is:
sysid 7 (0x07),(OS/2 HPFS, NTFS, QNX-2 (16 bit) or Advanced UNIX)
    start 102398310, size 102398310 (49999 Meg), flag 0
        beg: cyl 1023/ head 255/ sector 63;
        end: cyl 1023/ head 254/ sector 63
The data for partition 3 is:
sysid 7 (0x07),(OS/2 HPFS, NTFS, QNX-2 (16 bit) or Advanced UNIX)
    start 204796620, size 381142125 (186104 Meg), flag 0
        beg: cyl 1023/ head 255/ sector 63;
        end: cyl 1023/ head 254/ sector 63
The data for partition 4 is:
<UNUSED>
First partition is Free/PC-BSD, second the XP installation, third an NTFS data-disk.

My grub menu looks like this:

Code:
[pba@archangel /usr/home/pba]$ cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
title FreeBSD
root(hd0,0,a)
kernel /boot/loader

title WindowsXP
rootnoverify(hd0,1)
makeactive
chainloader +1
boot
This should be correct, right? I also swapped partitions back and forth, but no success.

When I choose WindowsXP in the menu, it pauses for half a second, then starts the bsd bootloader
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Old 1st October 2008
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I have not done a dual-boot install recently, so things may have changed. However it has been my experience that Windows (any variety) gets huffy about booting if it is not the first OS on the disk. I have, in the past, had a multi-boot system with FreeBSD, Solaris, Linux and what-not installed on the same box and always had trouble unless Windows was on the first partition on the first drive. Also a third-party boot loader such as GAG was the only thing that I could get to work reliably. The FreeBSD boot loader (in the past, I don't know about now) should be installed on both disks if multi disks were involved. That (among other things) is why I went to GAG.
I believe that your boot loader is unable to find the Windows boot sector so is booting the first one it finds.
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On my system the first partition is taken up by FreeBSD (80G) and Windows XP takes up the second -- Never had any problems.

Personally, I don't care much for grub, I used it for a short time some time ago when experimenting with CentOS, and I could boot Windows with it ... So it would guess it's a configuration on your end (?)

As OldCoot already mentioned, GAG is an excellent graphical boot loader, or you can use the FreeBSD bootloader if you want a simple bootloader that `just works'™.

Also post your boot.ini on your %SYSTEMDRIVE%.
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this is boot.ini:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


I'll try boot0cfg and see what happens
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I trust that the space between 'W S' at the end of line three, is a typo and not the actual file content?
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I did cut&paste, so I honestly don't know

Yet, I used the NT bootloader for the setup and it works fine now. If I had know this is possible with XP, I'd have done so right from the beginning!
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