Linux icon at boot up

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by streetspirit909, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. streetspirit909 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    Hi, so I installed Ubuntu onto my system along with Leopard and Vista. It installed fine. However, when I start my system up and hold down option I only see Windows and OS X like before.

    In order to access Ubuntu I select Windows and then I get the DOS like screen you usually get on dual boot systems with Linux and Windows. So my question is how do I get a Linux option at the initial boot? Or is it not possible as I have done it all the wrong way?

    I installed Linux using the Ubuntu partitioner which wouldn't partition the Mac section which I wanted to do, only from the widows portion which I assume is why it's doing this?
  2. Jocelyn84 macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
  3. carnegie0107 macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2009
    Looks like you used WUBI

    I don't know about adjusting your MBR, but if the Windows boot manager is showing Ubuntu, it probably means you haven't done a *real* install of Ubuntu. You seem to have put the disc in while booted in Windows, and clicked install. This creates a file within Windows that pretends to be a disk when you boot from it. It's slower than a full install, though (having to decompress everything from that file as you go), and is only bootable from the Windows boot manager. To really use it, do a full install. Pop in the disc, and reboot. Choose boot from cd/dvd drive, and you will be taken to a desktop where you can repartition your hd and insall for real. Use ext3 filesystem (ext4 is better if you're installing Ubuntu 9.04), and make sure you add on a decent SWAP partition (about 1.5-2x as large as your RAM is good). After it finishes (takes a loooong time, be patient!), reboot, and you should have Ubuntu in your boot menu. And, it will be faster (and in almost every way better than Mac OS, and free from Apple's restrictions/DRM....). :D
  4. streetspirit909 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    Hi, thanks for the replies.

    I'll give that bootvmanger a try thanks Jocelyn84.

    I think I did do it the right way carnegie0107. I booted the disk from the start, and I partitioned within the Unbuntu live CD. It wouldn't allow me to take from the Mac side, so I took from the Windows partition. I think the boot manager is a Linux one as it seems to give me all the safe boot and all sorts of other stuff and just one boot option for Vista. Could it be that Linux partition manager doesn't understand mac journal and I would have needed to make that free space first?
  5. streetspirit909 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    Hmm Perhaps I won't try that boot manager, you get used to no warrentry warnings but this one seemed a little more scary then usual!


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