link How To Repair The FreeBSD 7.0 Boot Loader← Back

I decided to install FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE in a VMware VM tonight since it was just released, and while the installation went smoothly I soon discovered that leaving the MBR of a fresh VM untouched was the wrong thing to do. Obviously it needs something to kick it into action, so I had to download the FreeBSD 7.0 LiveFS CD, boot up, and run:

fdisk -B -b /mnt/boot/boot0 ad0

This assumes your primary boot drive and partition (ad0 and the root filesystem ‘/’ in my case) were mounted under /mnt.

Reboot and you should have a functioning FreeBSD system.


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