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Old 9th July 2012
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Default which bootloader does NetBSD use


I try to use NetBSD with Easybcd. Now I wonder what bootloader NetBSD uses so I can check if Easybcd can work with it.

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Old 10th July 2012
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On a dedicated NetBSD system on standard PC hardware, NetBSD is started by the code in the first sector of the diskdrive, the MBR. This code scans the partition table for an active partition and passes control to the boot code (volume boot record) at the beginning of this active partition.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_..._bootstrapping

In most boot managers you will only have to select to the MBR partition number of your NetBSD install.
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That's a correct and succinct description of the generic boot process, however a little more specific info may also be helpful.

Have a look at the boot(8) and mbr(8) man pages.

The upshot is that NetBSD has custom boot selector code that can optionally be installed into the MBR. It's pretty cute stuff, but if you choose to install it, it will overwrite any existing boot code in the MBR, such as presumably EasyBCD (which I've never used). But you don't have to use NetBSD's boot code in the MBR, you can use another if it has the ability to chain over to the NetBSD partition's first sector.
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