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Anyone Triple Booting? - 05-25-2009, 05:56 AM
I'd like to triple boot win y, os x and moblin. I have a dual boot set up and I've created another partition for moblin at 4 gbs. It installs fine and but I can't seem to get my bcd set up right to get it to boot. After installation I have to fix the boot so I can get back into windows. Has anyone been able to get this to work? I followed this guide to set up my dual boot http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/mac-...ot-primer.html. Is there a different step I need to take for it work?
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06-06-2009, 02:51 PM
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06-08-2009, 01:11 AM
I guess I'm one of the weird ones. I have W7 7137 (about to upgrade to 7201) on my 32gb Runcore and OSX on my 16gb STEC. And I will probably pick up either an 8gb or 16gb stec to put Linux Mint on. And when I feel the need to change OSes I just change out the SSD since it is only 4 screws. That way I have room to do things on each drive without complicating the configurations with multiple partitions and bootloaders.
However back when I use to dual or even triple boot, I liked the Acronis OS selector. You guys might want to check it out. It is super easy to setup and it's pretty too
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06-18-2009, 03:53 AM
bpfeil, at long last I figured out how to triple boot Mac OSX, Win7RC, and Moblin v2.0! Whee! The Moblin installer actually lets you modify its boot list, but I only found it when I re-installed Moblin on top of itself. Which seems a weird way to do it.
For what it's worth, I'm running a 64GB Runcore SSD with 2GB RAM in my Mini9.
1. Build your boot USBs:
-GParted Live (4GB USB)
-Mac OSX (16GB USB); I only had success with the MBR method from the Woohoo thread
-WIN7RC (8GB USB); I used the 7100 build since I did that a while ago.
2. Burn a Moblin boot CD.
3. Use GParted to partition the disk: EFI for 200MB as FAT32, OSX for 28GB as hfs+, WIN7RC for 28GB as NTFS (or maybe FAT? it ends up as NTFS and should be okay here), Moblin for the remainder as ext3. Make your drives as big as you need for each, of course.
4. Install WIN7RC into its partition.
5. Install OSX and the Dell EFI into its partition.
6. Go back into GParted and delete the Moblin partition. That part of the disk should now be unallocated. (Two things: 1. This may not be vital, but it helped me get the best Moblin install because this way it creates a swap area. 2. You might have been able to leave this unallocated up in step 3, but I don't know if the WIN7 install or the OSX install would do anything with that space if it were unallocated to start with.)
7. Boot from the Moblin install CD. After the language, keyboard, and timezone screens, you get to the install options. In the top one, select "Use free space to..." blah blah install Moblin in the free space. Make sure you have the correct disk and drive selected. You may check the box to review the drive allocation but should not change anything unless you know what you're doing. I do not, so I left it alone. Hit the Next button, get the prompt, and select the "Write changes to disk" button when it's offered. It installs, you register as administator, it reboots.
8. During the Moblin initial bootup, hit any key to get the boot menu. Select "Other". This should boot WIN7. If it's OSX, make a note. In either case, restart you Mini9 and boot from the Moblin install CD again.
*****bpfeil, I think you might be at this point--all three loaded, only two OSes accessible from whatever bootloader is working now--so I would just start from here. This is where I was for a month (Chameleon letting me choose OSX or Windows but not Moblin). You will definitely need to back up any files you've saved to the Moblin drive because this will wipe out the whole drive. It will also wipe out the wifi drivers if you loaded them through a hardwired internet connection, so you'd have to do that again. ******
9. Boot from the Moblin install CD again. Go through the normal install steps. After the language, keyboard, and timezone screens, do NOT select "Use free space..." because you don't have any freespace anymore. Instead, select "Create custom [something-or-other]." Make sure you've got the correct disk and drive selected again, and click Next. Now you'll see how the Moblin partion has three subpartitions of its own.
-Select the first subpartition (/dev/sda5), and click the Edit button. Set the Mount Point to "/boot" (without the quotes), and check "Format as" box and set the option to "ext3". Click OK in the dialog box.
-Select the second subpartition (/dev/sda6), and click the Edit button. Set the Mount Point to "/" (without the quotes), and check "Format as" box and set the option to "ext3". Click OK in the dialog box.
-Click the OK button on the screen. You will see a warning about formatting pre-existing partitions; click Format.
10. And then! A screen to modify the bootloader! Leave the radio button set to "Install boot loader on "/dev/sda/". From the partitions list, check the box next to "Other" and click the Edit button. Rename it to the appropriate OS that you noted in Step 8 (very likely WIN7). Click OK. Click the Add button, name it after the other OS, and set the dropdown list to the appropriate partition. If you aligned your partitions to what I've described, this will be OSX on "/dev/sda2" (and WIN7 was on "/dev/sda3"). Check the "Default Boot Target" if you want this to be the OS that loads automatically. (Set this for whichever one you want.) Click OK. When all three options are set correctly (you shouldn't need to do anything to Moblin unless you want it to be your default), click Next. Accept any prompts, and Moblin will reinstall. Register again as needed, and it will reboot.
11. Ta da! Hit any key during Moblin's initial load to get to the menu, and look! Three options, labeled just like you named them! Scroll up or down to whichever you want, hit return and enjoy your triple booting.
For all I know, the whole re-installation is unnecessary if you just load with the "Create custom [whatever]" option to start with and designate your own /boot, /[root], and swap subpartitions. It might just give you the bootloader options page the first time without the re-install. This is how I figured it out, though, so at least it works for me.
By the way, whenever I select OSX, I still get Chameleon running after the Moblin bootloader. It adds about 10 seconds to my bootup time, and I can't yet figure out how to modify the com.apple.Boot.plist to shorten or eliminate it. Eh, I can live. I'm just so happy to have a triple-boot no matter how kluge-d.
Feel free to ask questions... as long as you don't expect much in return. I loaded a lot of this stuff over a month ago so have forgotten some details, plus I don't know a darned thing about Linux except how to follow the amazingly great instructions all over these forums, but I'll do my best.
(Also, if you really want to know, I can tell you how to install Moblin with two USBs and no CDs.)
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06-18-2009, 05:49 PM
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06-20-2009, 07:04 PM
Thanks, mfruit. I did see that but seem to be doing something wrong when I try it. I'll give it another try one of these days.
As for Moblin's boot record, bpfeil, it turns out that you can modify the menu.lst file la normal Linux person if you go into Moblin's Terminal and use
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
and not the "sudo nano" command. I had only seen instructions with "nano," and Moblin doesn't recognize that, so I gave up on it. Using "gedit" instead seems like a much more efficient way to update your boot menu (over reinstalling Moblin entirely, I mean) but also fraught with the potential to screw it up if you don't know what you're doing. Feel free to give it a shot--at your own risk, of course--and poke around in the Linux threads for help.
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