Quad Booting A Macbook??

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mattyp101, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. mattyp101 macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2008
  2. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    You'll get more help if you be specific, especially this part.
  3. mattyp101 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2008
    when xp has installed after when it reboots the screen says disk error and it does it every time. The only time windows ever worked was if i installed tiger changed back the date a few years so bootcamp beta would work and then installed windows and updated back to leopard??
  4. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    What size is the Windows XP partition and how did you format it? If the partition is formatted as FAT32 then it can only be a maximum of 32GB if the partition is formatted as NTFS then the size has to be less than 2TB.
  5. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    As brand just stated it's probably something to do with the size or your not formating the partition during the install,this is what apple has to say on the subject of disk errors
  6. mattyp101 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2008
    After I have rebooted it does not give me the option to format the partion it already displays fat 32 and I am only partitioning it at 25gb.
  7. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    mattyp101 - Quad booting is an interesting concept and probably very restrictive on just how it is accomplished (having read through the two links that you posted). I do not have experience (yet) with Apple hardware but I have jacked around with OSX86 and multiboot setups. I found that boot loader and install sequence to be somewhat restrictive (one sequence works like a champ and a small variance will not).

    The Apple BootCamp tool set works with an internal boot drive that has the hidden EFI partition and the main partition. The BootCamp assistant provides the partitioning for the BootCamp partition and takes care of the equivalent to a MBR, so the boot loading works. You then install a flavor of Windows or Linux and things just work (usually).

    Doing anything else, requires that you find a boot loader that works for you. From my experience this is a learn by doing (or educated trial an error process, noting what appears to work and what doesn't). Very time consuming. rtEFI is interesting and maybe the boot loader that you need.

    Anyway good luck with your project.


    P.S. you know that your life would be a lot simpler if you would settle for virtual machines then you could run Vmware Fusion and have each of the OS's available at click of the mouse...

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