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entry for FreeBSD for grub2

Discussion in 'Installing & Upgrading' started by Anonymous, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I installed FreeBSD on the third partition of the second internal hard-disk (in linux-speak /dev/sdb3 from fdisk -l, i seem to remember it was ad6 during FreeBSD installation).
    My entry for grub2 looks like this:

    Code:
    menuentry "FreeBSD" {
    insmod ufs2
    set root=(hd1,3)
    chainloader +1
    }
    
    But when i choose FreeBSD from grubs menu it just hangs, no error message.
    Version is FreeBSD-8.1.
    Thanks

    In case it helps: The installation CD says its ad6s3
     
  2. oed

    oed New Member

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    This is what I added to /etc/grub.d/40_custom in order to boot FreeBSD on what is known to linux as /dev/sda4.

    Code:
    menuentry "FreeBSD" {
    	set root=(hd0,4,a)
    	chainloader +1
    }
    
    Then I ran "update-grub" and rebooted into FreeBSD.
     
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Thanks for your answer.
    My entries seem to be correct, i tried different ones. The problem seems to be more serious.
    I am not able to boot from my second internal hard-disk nor from my external hard-disk anymore
    (the OS doesn't matter, so its not a problem with FreeBSD)

    I am at the problem, but don't seem to get it solved.
    If i will find the solution i will sure post it here.

    I will try to put FreeBSD on a USB-stick and boot it that way from my main PC.
    a) will the speed be ok? (if not i might as well go on to use it from my second PC)
    b) is there a good how-to put it on a stick?

    Another option would be to resize the 20GB-linux- / partition on my first hard-disk...
    I really would like to run FreeBSD with a bit more of horse-power.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. mechanic

    mechanic New Member

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    Don't forget to put FreeBSD on a primary partition, it doesn't like logical ones.
     
  5. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    It is on a primary one.

    btw, did you read that?:
     
  6. mechanic

    mechanic New Member

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    But that just seems to be a Grub2 problem, it may need reinstalling to the right place (which I'd have to lookup but a safe bet would be the first HD MBR).
     
  7. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Grub2 is on the first hard-disks-MBR.
    I also put grub-legacy (grub1, so to speak) on a stick and tried that.

    Seems like the BIOS and the boot-loader see the hard-disks just the other way around.
    (at least that is the result of my tests with grub-legacy from USB-stick)
    What i don't get is why i am able to boot all OSes on hard-disk1 (/dev/sda). And with the usual syntax.
    I also tried "super grub" and it can't boot an OS from hard-disk2 neither.

    I also tried my external hard-disk: same problem.
    I yet have to try the USB-stick, but assume i will run into the same problem.

    In general i got enough space on /dev/sda1 for as much OSes i want. The only reason i used hard-disk2 (/dev/sdb2) at all is that BSD needs a primary partition.

    Seems so to me too.