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# screwing over a fucked bootloader

## problem:

 u got grub, lilo or something in your partitions but the shit doesnt boot


## solution:

 fuck the harddisks MBR over to get a bootmenu that boots any fuckin partition, regardless of whats inside


## how-to-repeat:

DISCLAIMER: if you wipe your harddisk(s) trying this its your dogdamn own fault.
also, dos partition labels only. no idea if this works on gpt.

NOTE: this snippet was almost finished but got fucked up on the way. it prolly sounded nicer before.

## entering:

some FreeBSD bootmedium (ie. a freesbie image if that works for you or maybe something more recent: a CD, Stick etc)

boot the thing and get root.

make your mind up about which disk you want to replace the MBR of.
if there is just one disk in the box, and this is a PATA disk connected as master on the first bus, the bios will likely call it 0x80 (0x81 for the 2nd etc.).
also, in this case the os will likely call it ad0.

knowing the disks name in terms of bios and OS numbering will help in hitting the right disk.

### making the mbr writable:

  sysctl kern.geom.debugflags=0x10


### write a new mbr without affecting the partitions on it:

  boot0cfg -B -v -d 0x80 ad0


if everything went well, on next reboot you'll be greeted with a little chooser for booting.

# freebsd bootloader repairs et al

to repair ie grub on freebsd (or to overwrite the disk the box is running on, etc..), the system will complain about doing so.

sysctl kern.geom.debugflags=16


will let you shoot yourself in the foot nevertheless (make the mbr writable).

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