Need help with FreeBSD and Windows 7

#1
I'm trying to get FreeBSD 8.x dual-booted with Windows 7.
My 3 hard disk drives are set up like this:

disk 1: partition 1: Windows 7 64-bit (System)

disk 2: partition 1: Windows 7 64-bit (Users' files & data)

disk 3: partition 1: FAT32 (64 GB)
partition 2: FreeBSD 8.x

I'm using EasyBCD 2.0 latest build, and when I try to set up FreeBSD using the "BSD" option I do get the menu entry when booting, but when I select it at boot time all I see is a black screen with the words "Boot Error". I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, but don't know how to proceed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

btw, I tried EasyBCD 1.7 first, and got the error messages "Cannot load from hard disk. Insert Systemdisk and press any key" when trying to boot FreeBSD.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
You probably did not install the FreeBSD loader to the bootsector of the BSD partition during setup. Can you double-check that?
 
#3
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I have just checked. I even reinstalled the FreeBSD boot manager from the install CD to be sure, and then deleted and re-added a FreeBSD menu item with EasyBCD, but the results are the same.

I did read somewhere online that the first partition on the disk should be < 32 GB to avoid problems with some BIOSs, do you think that could be my problem since mine is 64 GB?