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Default 10-30-2009, 01:42 PM

Hey

Well i restored a original retail leopard image to my Cruzer Micro and patched it with Netbookbootmaker, but now as i boot after chameleon i get the grey screen with apple logo and then it just reboots itself.
I don't know what the problem can be ? Netbookbootmaker supports the NC10 and has kexts for it, snow leopard installs fine and works like a charm but leopard install doesn't even want to boot.
You have a suggestion what the problem could be ?

Thanks!

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Default 10-31-2009, 01:49 AM

Thank you very much anguish !

Nice video tutorials !

I manage to setup a triple boot on my Dell Inspiron 1525, after looking your tuto vids !

Meanwhile, i need some answers :

* When adding an OS Linux : even if grub is installed on linux partition instead of MBR, then, MBR is "****ed up" ...

* I suppose this behaviour is similar for any OS added...

*Is there a way to rename boot options : instead of having "WINDOWS NTFS" and "Linux", i would like to rename it as i want...

The only think i found about this subject : someone seems to tell that partition labels are the ones to change...

Thank you very much
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Default question on the guide... - 10-31-2009, 03:27 PM

I was going to try the dual boot today and I feel I'm missing something when:

- 3 partitions: 0-win7, 1-osx, 2-linux
- set disk0 partition 2 to active before windows repair
- set disk 0 partition 4 to active after windows repair

is there a forth partition?


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Default 10-31-2009, 05:12 PM

Technically, yes. OS X creates an EFI partition. The reason I don't create it is that I prefer to let the OS do it.


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Default 11-01-2009, 08:06 AM

Does this method work with SL?
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Default 11-01-2009, 03:00 PM

Theoretically, yes. I've not actually tried, as I don't have SL.


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Exclamation 11-01-2009, 03:10 PM

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Well, I finally have the videos on YouTube. We won't discuss how many times I re-encoded. Also not going to discuss my gripes about Live Movie Maker versus good ole Move Maker 2.6.

That said, I apologize in advance. As usual, I'm monotonous and rather boring, and also barely awake. But, I know some people prefer videos versus the text below, so here you go. There are four parts, grand total of about 34 minutes total, with lots of hack and slash editing (some my fault, some Live Movie Maker's fault).

Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiI-AxL4RBU
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4DooH7Mrko
Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-qLi0izc3Y
Part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJROQVNZTMA

And then, here's the text from my guide I posted the other day (cleaned up a little bit):

WARNING: Not for the faint of heart. Although the OS installations are simple enough if you have ever installed an OS before, dealing with the bootloader and correcting issues that may arise are not always the easiest. Please be aware of this BEFORE you try this, especially if the machine is critical to your use.

OS X, Windows 7, Ubuntu Netbook Remix Triple Boot

Tools Required/Used
- OS X 10.5.6 USB key created using Netbook BootMaker 0.8.3 RC3 - http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/mac-...3-testing.html
- Windows 7 USB key - How To: Install Windows 7 from a USB Key! | Maximum PC (Basically same method I use)
- Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 USB key - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromImgFiles
Steps required for creating above can be located elsewhere on the forum, and is beyond the scope of this guide. Also, in theory, an external USB DVD drive may be usable as well, although I understand OS X installs to be very finnicky depending on the make/model of the drive.

Steps
- Ensure USB BIOS Legacy Support is enabled for USB booting
- Boot from OS X 10.5.6 install media
- Open Disk Utility and partition drive, creating three partitions
- Create first partition for Windows 7, formatted with MS-DOS (FAT)
- Create second partition for OS X, formatted with Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
- Create third partition for Ubuntu, formatted with MS-DOS (FAT)
- Click Options and ensure GUID Partition Table is selected
- Install OS X to second partition, customizing as desired
- Reboot as required, and go through initial config wizard (1024x576 screen users: it is recommended to have an external display plugged in so that you can run the wizard, but it isn't required)
- Reboot and launch Windows 7 installation
- Follow prompts and do a Custom (advanced) install
- Select the partition for Windows 7, click Advanced, and then click Format. You will not be able to install to the partition until you do.
- Let Windows installer reboot as required. Follow the prompts and go through the initial setup configuration as well.
- Once you are at the Windows desktop, reboot and launch the Ubuntu Netbook Remix install (if you have an external display plugged in, you might want to unplug it for the Ubuntu Netbook Remix install)
- On the main menu, highlight Install Ubuntu Netbook Remix and hit Enter
- Follow the prompts until you get to the location to install Ubuntu, which is Step 4 and titled Prepare disk space.
- Select Specify partitions manually (advanced) and click Forward
- On the partition table, you will see multiple zones of free space. We want to keep these, so at this point you will want to edit the partition set aside for Ubuntu, which is likely going to be /dev/sda4 if you followed these instructions exactly. Select this partition and click Edit partition
- Resize the partition so that you have subtracted some space for the swap partition. In my case, I use a roughly 4 GB swap partition, so I resized it from 39666 to 35666. For Use as, select Ext3 journaling file system, click Format the partition and for Mount point select /. Advanced users can actually partition how they like, this is just keeping it as simple as possible. Once done, click OK.
- You will be prompted with a window to write the previous changes to disk. Simply click Continue. The partition formatting and resizing will take place. Depending on the size of your drive and partitions, this could take some time.
- Finally, select largest chunk for free space (in my case, around 4000 MB), and click New partition.
- For Use as, select swap area, ensure that the partition size is correct, then click OK.
- You can click Forward through the rest of the screens, filling out pertinent info, until you hit the last screen which is Step 7.
- On Step 7 (Ready to install), click Advanced. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Change the location of the boot loader installation to the partition you created for /. In our example, this is /dev/sda4. (NOTE: It is possible that because we are using Chameleon as the main bootloader, we may not even need a bootloader. I have not, however, tested this theory.) At this point, you can click OK, then Install and let the installation begin.
- Reboot as prompted. At this point, you will have all three OS'es installed, however the system will be completely unbootable. This is now the point where we correct that issue.
- First launch the OS X install media again. All we want to do is reinstall the Chameleon bootloader, so you'll get to the main install screen, then select NetbookInstaller under the Utilities menu. Select the volume to install on, then unselect everything except for the first option. Click Install, then when completed, reboot the computer.
- At this point, you should have a functioning Chameleon bootloader. You can test to see which OS'es you'll can get into, but likely you'll only be able to get into OS X. If you select Linux, you'll get put right into GRUB. If you select Windows, you'll get the 0xc000000e boot issue. We're going to fix this now.
- Boot into the Windows install media. You don't need to go any farther than the first screen. Hit Shift+F10 (you may need to also hit the Fn key as well depending on how your BIOS is setup), and then launch diskpart.
  • ○ In diskpart, perform the following:
    • list disk
    • select disk 0
    • list partition
    • select partition 2
    • active
  • ○ Disk 0 is the local hard disk, and in this case, partition 2 is the Windows 7 partition.
- Exit out of the command prompt, then launch Repair your computer, which is on the second screen.
- Windows will at this point automatically search for and find problems with your computers startup options. Simply click Repair and restart. Once you have done this, you should boot into Windows 7. (You may see the option to Start Windows normally. If you do, please select it.) Login, and open a command prompt (I recommend launching it as an AdministratorůStart, cmd in search, right click and click Run as administrator).
- At the command prompt, type diskpart.
  • ○ In diskpart, perform the following:
    • list disk
    • select disk 0
    • list partition
    • select partition 4
    • active
  • ○ Disk 0 is the local hard disk, and in this case, partition 4 is the OS X partition.
- Reboot after exiting out of the command shell, and test booting into all three of your OS'es. You should now be able to successfully boot into all three.
With regards to OS updates, you should be able to update Windows 7 and Ubuntu without issue. However, if you update OS X, the updates will run fine (with the usual issues associated with 10.5.7 and 10.5.8 if you are just using Leopard), however you will need to repeat the following steps:
- Reinstall Chameleon
- Use diskpart to change to Windows to be the active partition
- Use Windows 7 install to automatically repair
- Boot into Windows 7 and then use diskpart again to change back to OS X to be the active partition
SPECIAL THANKS: Special thanks to meklort, mechdrew, bmcclure937 and many many other members of MyDellMini.com, as well as others in the hackintoshing community. This wouldn't be possible without their efforts.

LINKS:
Netbook Bootmaker/Installer link
How to install Windows 7 from a USB Key
How to install Ubuntu Netbook Remix from a USB key
Best Dell Mini and OS X install resource out there - Mechdrew's Guides

I need some help. When I restart the machine I dont get the Chameleon screen that allows me to press any key to select the OS. I followed every detail in this guide... The olny thing I did different was I had OSX on the main partition for a few days and it ran all the updates. After I got Win7 I continued with the installs. If I boot from the usb I can select all of the OS and boot from them. I think somehow I didnt install Chameleon correctly. Anyone have any thoughts???
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Default 11-01-2009, 03:13 PM

You need to reinstall Chameleon from the sounds of it. What OS (if any) is it booting into?

The other thing is, you need to make sure that the OS X partition is the active partition.


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Default 11-01-2009, 03:23 PM

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You need to reinstall Chameleon from the sounds of it. What OS (if any) is it booting into?

The other thing is, you need to make sure that the OS X partition is the active partition.
Its currently boot directly into OSX. How do I make sure that the OSX partition is active.

Do I install from the OSX Bootable USB?

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Default 11-01-2009, 03:31 PM

If it's booting right into OS X, you may have Chameleon set for Quiet mode. You'll probably want to do some searching here, as I'm not sure how to disable it, as I've never used it.


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