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Old 12-12-2010, 07:03 AM   #1
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wacky mixed up boot loader: Multi-booting Vista, Ubuntu and PCBSD

I installed Vista, then PCBSD, then Ubuntu, using the live CD for both PCBSD and ubuntu, and was left with a Grub Bootloader that only brought up Ubuntu and Windows. Next I followed the instructions at the end of this article (don't ask why), specifically, entering this in the Command Prompt:

BCDEDIT /set {bootmgr} device boot
BCDEDIT /set {default} device boot
BCDEDIT /set {default} osdevice boot

That changed nothing, so I didn't bother looking up how to return it to its normal state.

Next I installed EasyBCD on Vista, and made an entry for all PCBSD, Vista and Ubuntu. Now, when I boot up, I am presented with GRUB with options for Ubuntu or Vista. If I choose vista, I am given a second boot menu with all 3 OS. However, if I choose PCBSD, it fails to boot and briefly scrolls some messages about several partitions not "start[ing] on a track boundary" and not "end[ing] on a track boundary".

My question basically is this: How do I get PCBSD to boot without reinstalling everything? I don't care how sloppy and mixed up my Boot Menu is, just as long as I can get all 3 OS as options.


Last edited by penguinquack; 12-12-2010 at 07:05 AM.
Old 12-12-2010, 10:35 AM   #2
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Using your Ubuntu LiveCD go to follow the instructions and reply with the results as an attachment.

You also might be best served to use super grub disk ( ) to boot pcbsd and then install grub to the / partition of pcbsd. Once you have grub installed in pcbsd, chances are that grub2 will be able to pick it up. Or you could chainload the pcbsd grub using a custom menu entry from grub2.

Last edited by andrewthomas; 12-12-2010 at 03:27 PM.


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