Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#5397 closed enhancement (fixed)

Add 'Install bootloader to MBR' support to installer

Reported by: l_n Owned by: nobody
Priority: normal Milestone:
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Blocked By: Blocking:
Platform: All


An option to install the bootloader to the MBR would be appreciated. Currently it seems the only way to get the bootloader to the MBR from the installer is to install Haiku to a raw disk instead of partitioning. This behavior can be a bit confusing to new users installing Haiku for the first time.

Change History (4)

comment:1 by stippi, 12 years ago

This is indeed a TODO in the Installer. Unfortunately, the boot loader menu does not work in a lot of situations. I couldn't even get it to work when it should. For example, it says it needs 2k of space behind the MBR, but even when I prepared a table with this restriction in mind, it still refused to install itself. So I didn't enable this yet, and instead give the exlpanation in the Welcome text of the Installer. But the ticket is of course valid. I am just waiting for someone to pour some more love into the boot manager.

comment:2 by mmlr, 12 years ago

Installing a simple chainloader as done by the intel partitioning system add-on could be enough in some cases. It doesn't have the space requirement which makes it suitable in some more cases. Of course installing a chainloader only is not really an option for multi-boot systems.

comment:3 by mmadia, 12 years ago

Can this be closed? Installer now has the option for launching bootman and for writing the boot sector to the selected destination partition.

comment:4 by stippi, 12 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Indeed, this is implemented, even though Bootman still has those restrictions.

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