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Join Date: Nov 2009
Triple boot problem - Can only get two working - 01-05-2010, 06:25 PM
This has happened to me twice on my 10v.
I installed OS-X 6.2 just fine. I installed Windows 7 Starter just fine. Great job to the folks who built NBI, and wrote the guides. Got both OSs up to date. Had zero problems. Everything worked just fine. Could reboot into either one with no issues. I left room for Ubuntu on the disk. Then later I installed Ubuntu remix 9.10 and had it boot from it's partition. That came up just fine and I got it up to date. I rebooted off of my os-x install USB key and ran NBI 8.3 to fix boot partition. Windows 7 did not come back up. Got the normal messages that tell you you need to fix the Windows 7 partition. Booted up with my Windows 7 USB key. It would not recognize the Windows 7 disk partition. So I formatted it again and started to reinstall Windows 7. It would not let me install Windows 7 onto that partition. It was the message about not being able to install onto a GPT partitioned drive that I have seen in other posts. Seems that installing Ubuntu messes something up. OS-X and Ubuntu still boot and function properly. Has anybody figured out what is going on with Windows 7 and GPT drives? Does not seem to make sense. Again, I have been thru this twice with the same results. Sure don't want to wipe and start all over for the third time.
If it's not broke, take it apart and see how it works
Join Date: Sep 2009
01-06-2010, 03:30 AM
"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword." - Matthew 10:34
Join Date: Jun 2009
01-08-2010, 11:34 PM
excellent anguish. I was able to follow this guide and now i have a triple boot. I will say that i deviated a little. First I did not use usb's for windows 7 and ubuntu. I did have to use one for OSX. This caused problems down the road if you do not use it. I also rather then do a fresh install of OSX i used a back up image. worked like gang busters.
Anyone know how to switch the default boot partition? it seems to always want to boot OSX.
Once again GOOD JOB! it was nice of you to share with all of us.
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Indiana, US
01-09-2010, 03:33 PM
Thanks for the great guide!
Just a few quick questions: If I were to do just a dual-boot between Snow Leopard and Linux, I'd obviously change around how I wanted to partition things. But for booting, would I basically just stop around 5:20 on part 3 (i.e. right after installing NetbookInstaller)? Also, do you know if it is safe to use ext4 instead of ext3 for the Ubuntu install?
Thanks again for the very informative guide
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