December 3rd, 2003, 14:04
Hi all, I'm getting myself a new HDD over christmas so I can install free bsd and xp in a dual boot config. I had a couple of questions:

1. what is the best general installation guide for FreeBSD
2. are there any good guides for dual booting?

many thanks in advance for any help :)

December 3rd, 2003, 14:40
MadBassist Welcome! The FreeBSD docs are really really good. so you might try looking at the handbook on the FreeBSD website. In addition our how-to section has some really good docs that have been provided recently by one of our members. Feel free to use those as well. For support and guidance on dual-booting one needs to look no further than this forum. We'd be glad to help.

December 3rd, 2003, 14:47
Welcome to to SE MadBassist, nice to have you aboard.

The best General congfiguration and installation guide for FreeBSD is the FreeBSD handbook. If you are new to FreeBSD it is essential reading. It goes from the beginning to many fairly advanced topics.

There are some great How-tos on this webpage on our How-to section, in particular some great new how-tos for people just getting started with FreeBSD.

Dual booting is pretty easy to do. I personally have XP and FreeBSD dual-booted on the same computer and it works great. Although I spend most of my time in FreeBSD. :-)

All I did was install windows XP onto the computer and left part of the drive free. Then I did the FreeBSD installation, and using the fdisk utility in the FreeBSD installation, made the free space the FreeBSD parition and installed the FreeBSD boot Manager. Then did a normal FreBSD installation into the area I just made. It worked great. This is actaully detailed a bit in the FreeBSD handbook in the install section.

If you run into any issues let us know and we will be happy to help.


December 3rd, 2003, 19:11
i've even got a few laying around.. +%3A%3A

plus i recommend reading the handbook