Leopard, Ubuntu and a FAT32 partition

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PartisanEntity, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. PartisanEntity macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Hi all,

    I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to OS X tools and applications.

    I installed rEFIt. Then I installed Ubuntu next to Leopard. So far so good, rEFIt gives me the option to either boot Leopard or Ubuntu. Great.

    I then proceeded to make a FAT32 partition which I would like to use to share files between the two operating systems. I placed this partition between the Leopard and Ubuntu partitions.

    After creating the FAT32 partition, rEFIt removed Ubuntu as a booting option and replaced it with a Windows partition (i.e. the empty FAT32 partition).

    I then proceeded to remove the FAT32 partition hoping Ubuntu would come back as a booting option, but even after resyncing rEFIt it still only offered me either Leopard or Windows (even though Windows is not installed).

    I had to reinstall Ubuntu for it to show up again on the rEFIt menu.

    What am I doing wrong?
    Thank you.
  2. applefan69 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 9, 2007
    I dont think your doing anything wrong, I think rEFIt is glitching up.

    Luckily your on a mac and you dont even need rEFIt... when your booting your mac, hold the option/alt key as you press the power button, and keep holding it. Instead of the mac doing a normal boot, it will give you a screen that lets you choose a partition to boot from. That should work MUCH less glitchingly then rEFIt seems to.
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I can tell you that, from personal experience, I could not get Linux and Mac OS X to coexist via Boot Camp. The boot loader refused to install, and then neither Mac OS X nor Linux would boot. :mad:
  4. PartisanEntity thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Could it be a limititation in the Mac? When I had this issue, I briefly removed rEFIt and tried holding down the option/alt key, yet it too only gave me either Leopard or the empty FAT32 partition to boot from.

    I'm afraid to try it again because I have Ubuntu set up nicely right now :)

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