that. There must be something wrong with the boot
records that fdisk is not correcting.
I know friends who have had unuseable boot records as
well and have to boot from floppies, Its not really a
Spend some time with the boot, boot0cfg, fdisk, bsdlabel, manpages and
the handbook. Note that fdisk can install either a DOS-type MBR (and
set active part) or a FreeBSD-type MBR (use F1...). Also note that
fdisk does not install the boot records that are probably not working
for you: the ones at the start of your primary partition. These are
installed by "bsdlabel" with -B option.