View Full Version : getting rid of PCBSD bootloader
07-28-2008, 03:14 PM
i have a laptop with its drive split into four partitions...
first is a partition used for swap by Windows only.. second is a Windows installation for browsing and general use.. third is another Windows installation that i use exclusively for live music performance..
on the fourth partition, i had installed PCBSD, but have since deleted the partition while i work some things out.. but somehow the PCBSD bootloader is still on the machine somewhere. how do i get rid of it??
07-28-2008, 03:22 PM
try the http://gag.sourceforge.net it is very easy!
07-28-2008, 03:29 PM
i'm not asking for an alternate boot manager.. i'm asking how to GET RID OF the PCBSD bootmanager.
i already have the windows BOOT.INI configured to boot PCBSD if and when I reinstall PCBSD.
but the PCBSD bootloader comes up first like this:
when i hit F1-F3, *then* the windows boot selector comes up.
I have completely deleted PCBSD from my system for now. Why is this bootloader still coming up????
07-28-2008, 04:20 PM
Because the boot loader is installed into the hard drives Master Boot Record (MBR) not the Primary Partition or 'slice' used by PC-BSD.
Boot off one of your Windows CD-ROMs and go to the rescue console, you can then use the command
Which will install a suitable master boot record into your boot drive.
07-28-2008, 04:29 PM
Because you selected to install the FreeBSD boot manager at the PCBSD install time, rewriting the mbr. Since there's no "uninstall pcbsd option", and you most certainly formatted the partition containing pcbsd to get rid of it, ultimately, it's your fault. The same would happen if you install any other sort of boot manager coming from other operating system. To find a solution to your issue, you should better start consulting the windows documentation.
Since everybody wants to be fed to their mouths, here are some pointers: Check FIXMBR in the Recovery Console (http://support.microsoft.com/KB/314058) documentation to fix the master boot record, and this troubleshoot (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330184) on how to rebuild/repair your windows boot menu. You could also google "fix mbr windows" or "repair boot menu windows" and find innumerable how-to's repeating the same procedures ad nauseam.
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