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yet another triple boot method - 05-11-2010, 02:16 AM
There are already plenty of well written guides on how to get a 10v to triple boot.
Previously I had this same machine triple booting Win7, SL, and Ubuntu (mostly following anguish's guide) but XP was giving me more trouble; it seemed that it just did not want to be anywhere near a GUID partitioned HD. Like superleggera, I finally decided that a pure MBR partitioned drive would be the way to go, but I had no success with patched OSInstall and OSInstall.mpkg. For some reason SL would not be fooled. Here's what finally worked for me. It is not a step by step recipe and there is certainly no video. Sorry.
How to install Snow Leopard on a MBR partioned HD
1. Use NetbookBootMaker to make a bootable USB stick so that you can run the SL installer. I used an external DVD drive to install from, but I still made a bootable USB stick. (More about that later.) You could also copy the DVD to a big stick using one of Meklort's guides: Guides | OS X | mechdrew
2. Boot the SL installer and use DiskUtitlity to GUID partition an external drive. I used a 500GB USB HD, but a really big USB stick should work too, though I don't know how big it would need to be. Is 16GB enough?
3. Install SL to the GUID partitioned external drive.
4. Boot the SL installer again. Use DiskUtility to partition the internal HD as MBR then use DiskUtility to 'restore' the installation from the GUID external HD to a partion on the MBR internal HD. Easy as pie and it works!
5. Install XP and Ubuntu. IMPORTANT: Make sure that grub is installed to the partition with linux on it, NOT the boot record of the drive. There's an 'advanced' button somewhere in the Ubuntu install, I think it's step 8 of 8. You need to use it to tell the installer where to put grub.
6. Boot SL from the HD and run NetbookInstaller (which magically appeared in the applications folder.) This installs Chameleon and allows multibooting.
7. Set the osx partition as active so that Chameleon starts up when you boot instead of going straight to XP. I used fdisk from a terminal in SL. Look here for instructions: [How to] Setting Your Partition "Active" Using Fdisk in MacOSX - InsanelyMac Forum
One more thing: I did all of this without the benefit of a Mac to prepare a bootable USB stick. First I tried NetBookCD, which seemed like it should have worked, but for some reason I could never get through an installation without a kernel panic. There was never any clues as to what made the kernel flip out, but I think it had something to do with cp'ing large files. I know it makes no sense, but that's what I think. I also had no success using dd and NBI_xx.img to make a bootable stick. For some reason the sticks would never completely boot. So here's what I did, it's convoluted, but it's what I finally got to work:
How to use NetbookBootMaker without a Mac
1. Use a linux machine to unzip NetbookBootMaker onto a HFS formatted USB stick. It might also work with a FAT formatted stick in Windows. I don't know; I didn't try it.
2. Use NetbookCD to boot into the SL installer. Open a terminal (from the utilities menu) and use the command line to run NetbookBootMaker. Follow the instructions. Obviously you need another USB stick (unless you find someplace else to copy NetbookBootMaker from within the terminal before you run it.)
3. Restart with the bootable USB stick and Bob's you uncle.
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