rEFIt?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by larsalan, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. larsalan macrumors newbie

    larsalan

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2007
    #1
    does anyone know where is a good place to talk aboot rEFIt?

    i have spent 17g of 50g for a linux system that I dunno how to install?

    here are the partitioning specs:

    *** Report for internal hard disk ***

    Current GPT partition table:
    # Start LBA End LBA Type
    1 40 409639 EFI System (FAT)
    2 409640 79608999 Mac OS X HFS+
    3 79871144 116948055 Mac OS X UFS

    Current MBR partition table:
    # A Start LBA End LBA Type
    1 1 409639 ee EFI Protective
    2 * 409640 79608999 af Mac OS X HFS+
    3 79871144 116948055 a8 Mac OS X UFS

    MBR contents:
    Boot Code: Unknown, but bootable

    Partition at LBA 40:
    Boot Code: None (Non-system disk message)
    File System: FAT32
    Listed in GPT as partition 1, type EFI System (FAT)

    Partition at LBA 409640:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: HFS Extended (HFS+)
    Listed in GPT as partition 2, type Mac OS X HFS+
    Listed in MBR as partition 2, type af Mac OS X HFS+, active

    Partition at LBA 79871144:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: Unknown
    Listed in GPT as partition 3, type Mac OS X UFS
    Listed in MBR as partition 3, type a8 Mac OS X UFS



    i made the 17g partition a "unix"-type as i recall.
    i would like to get that 17g back if i cannot boot linux in there but, i dunno how to do that either without losing all my software and changes etc.

    help?
    thanks
     
  2. NightLord macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2005
    #2
    Well, heres what you should do:

    Download ubuntu and run the installer on the disk. There is a partition manager. Using it, reformat that 17gig partition to ext3 except for 512mb of it. With the remaining 512Mb, format that as a swap partition. Then tell the installer to install the the ext3 partition and set the swap to the swap partition.
     
  3. larsalan thread starter macrumors newbie

    larsalan

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2007
    #3
    thanks

    right on man.
    I had not read your post however, i tried using a 32bit ubuntu disk and rEFIt let me boot from it.
    thereupon offering a partition manager.
    also, i tried gOS before this and it worked also.
    -thanks-
     

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