Tri-Boot with Bootcamp?

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

  1. macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
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    kainjow

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    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.
     
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    wmmk

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    how bout this:
    mac os x
    windows xp
    boot camp xp divers
    ppc linux
    yaboot
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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

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

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    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)
     
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    grapes911

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    PPC if for PowerPC processor, which Intel Macs don't use. But x86 distros do work on Intel Macs.
     

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