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Join Date: Oct 2008
05-22-2009, 08:41 PM
it's very difficult because there's many variables and they are different for each person. there's also the bggest variable of all which is the level of technical know-how of the person attempting to do it.
after having an easy time installing os x, i thought for sure that creating a dual-boot with win xp and os x would be so easy, that i included the other goal of resizing (smaller) my win xp and os x (larger).
i spent (wasted) so much time on that last goal, and in the end, i ended up not doing it. i got dual-boot working, and as a separate proof of concept task, i played around resizing the win xp (on a separate ssd and partition) and i had success.
you can try (or at least get ideas on) how i got my dual-boot to work (but i'm using win xp and os x) --> http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/mac-...large-ssd.html
i can answer questions as it relates to that method, but i have no knowledge of the win 7 os...
my notebook: dell inspiron 11z - 11.6" display | intel core i3 330um | 6gb ddr3 ram | 80gb Intel ssd | Linux Mint 12 OS - Cinnamon 1.4 [Virtual Machine - WinXP SP3]
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
05-22-2009, 08:49 PM
I think the following two links are enough for Windows 7:
Install Win 7 via USB in 4 easy steps
A little summary of my Mini 9 / Windows 7 RC1 experience!
^ Has a link of post install tweaks inside it.
Edit: I added a third link but second link contains the same link.
Join Date: May 2009
05-24-2009, 09:16 AM
Since you say "clients" I am assuming you are getting paid for making those tutorials, thats the difference. I honestly think a lot of the guides I've found are pretty good at explaining the steps, its just that there are minor things that will happen that causes the installs not to work for some people. Also I think that most people that are trying to do these things have at least some basic knowledge of how these things work, so every little key stroke is a bit much. I think people gotta do a little leg work themselves too, but with that said, I do understand where you are coming from. I had a bit of a frustrating time when I was trying to do my install, but thanks to the kind people on this board, I was able to get the issues resolved.
This is the one I used to install mine. http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/mac-...html#post27009.
I found this one on doing what you want to do. http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/mac-...d-success.html
I dont have any experience with linux, but I would assume that it should be similar steps to installing OS X and win dual boot, but adding another partition and setting up the boot loader to recognize all 3 OSes. How far have you gotten on your installs and what problem did you run in to? We might be able to lend a hand if you explain your problem so we can help you get the triple boot up and running.
Join Date: Jan 2009
05-24-2009, 08:40 PM
glad you were able to link to my post and that it has helped others. I tried to link my post last night but couldn't get it to link...go figure, get the dual boot figured out, but can't link a post.
pollok (must be something to the nickname)
Join Date: Apr 2009
05-24-2009, 09:07 PM
Does running off a GPT disk yield any advantages over a MBR disk? Can you use GParted to partition your EFI disk so that you don't have the useless 200MB EFI partition?
Since I upgraded from a XP/OSX setup, I'm still using MBR for my Win7/OSX setup. (Just two partitions so no wasted disk space.)
Join Date: Apr 2009
05-24-2009, 10:37 PM
I don't know how different Win7 is from Vista, but I had no trouble doing a triple boot (Vista/OSX/Ubuntu) on my home PC (Dell 531). I used MBR, and GParted to create the partitions. What i did was install Vista first, then shrink the NTFS partition to make room for the others. I next installed OSX on a single partition in part of the empty space. Finally I installed Ubuntu and setup grub as the boot loader. I highly recommend grub for multi-OS configurations. When installing Ubuntu I also usually create a separate /boot partition, just in case I want to get rid of my linux instal and keep grub around.
Once you have installed Ubuntu you can modify the /boot/grub/menu.lst file and add in the Chainload commands for Windows and OSX. There should be one in there for Windows already, copy it, change the label and the partition that it points to. There are lots of guides to configuring grub online.
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