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Dual Boot OSX and Ubuntu-- Success - 08-27-2010, 04:38 PM
After floundering around like the noobie I am, I finally managed to install Ubuntu on my hackintosh (OSX 10.6.4) dell inspiron 10v.
The problem I had was that most of the instructions I found assumed that windows was also running on the machine. Not sure if that actually made a difference or not, but I found it confusing.
My first piece of advice for anyone trying this is to first duplicate their hard drive. Good instruction on that here.
In the end, I mostly ended up following the instructions here with the following changes:
Instead of using Dell Mini Boot 123 CD, I used NetbookMaker from mechdrew.
I used the desktop version of Ubuntu (I think it looks better and is more intuitive than the netbook version).
There was no need to have the OSX install fail as EJK suggested.
Before installing OSX, I partitioned the hard drive so that I wouldnâ€™t have to touch the OSX partition during the ubuntu install. I used the live version of ubuntu running from a thumb drive to use GParted to create and resize the remaining partitions before installing ubuntu. So ejkâ€™s step 7 was slightly modified.
THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP, WHEN YOU GET TO THE REVIEW YOUR OPTIONS SCREEN IN THE UBUNTU INSTALL
There you will have the option of specifying where to put GRUB, ubuntuâ€™s bootloader. INSTALL BOOTLOADER ON THE UBUNTU PARTITION.
After you restart, you will automatically boot into OSX unless while booting up you press any key. Then you will be given the choice of your OSX partition or linux. You choose with the arrow keys and <enter>.
Its best if you have access to an ethernet connection to the internet because to get wireless going you will need to install some drivers. Ubuntu will identify them for you using the hardware check.
Hope this helps.
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