Tri-Boot with Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by pinto32, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2003
    Has anyone attempted to do a tri-boot with Boot Camp? Is it even possible? By this I am thinking of a (future) Macbook with OS X, Windows XP, and some flavor of Linux.

    My brother is one of those switchers that has been held back until now (comp-sci major) by his need for Windows. Being in comp-sci, there is a good possibility that he will need Linux in the future as well.
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    It's the same as before. In order to boot up multiple operating systems on your computer, you'd have to get a third partition. And Boot Camp's assistant only supports 2. So you'd have to reformat and use Disk Utility to create an HFS+ partition and 2 FAT partitions (or empty and format with your other OS).

    Holding down Option at startup lets you choose which OS to boot.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2006
    The Library.
    how bout this:
    mac os x
    windows xp
    boot camp xp divers
    ppc linux
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2003
    That would be a good idea, but I doubt that the PPC Linux distros work on the new Mactels...or am I wrong?
  5. macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005
    Why PPC Linux :confused: Unless you refer to PenguinPC, but they're a hardware manufacturer :confused:


    That picture shows that, although the Bootcamp software doesn't support more than 2 boot partitions, there's nothing to stop you attacking it with Partition Magic or likewise and installing it the traditional way (booting off the CD at the boot-menu then telling it to install to the new 3rd partition)
  6. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    PPC if for PowerPC processor, which Intel Macs don't use. But x86 distros do work on Intel Macs.

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