Triple Boot Camp

Discussion in 'macOS' started by misco, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. misco macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have installed Windows Vista using Boot Camp. Now my configuration is

    as follows: 50 GB for Mac OS X Leopard and 30 GB for Windows Vista.

    Now I need to install Ubuntu 8.10 by taking 10 GB out of the Mac OS X.

    I have googled "Triple Boot Camp" but the information does not make

    much sense for me (I have not a background in programming and the

    relevant jargon). Is there any simple information how to triple boot camp

    my Macbook ?
     
  2. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    Hi,
    I actually would like to do the same :)

    I know that there is rEFIt which could help us but I'm wondering if this is possible without installing 3rd party software.

    tex
     
  3. misco thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My effort...

    Look what I tried to do. I have a UBS memory stick. I installed in it

    Ubuntu 8.10 using the new application that comes with Ubuntu 8.10.

    Then I installed rEFIt. I run the program, I chose to boot from

    the UBS but it didn't work out. I don't remember what the error was.

    Can this effort be save somehow ?
     
  4. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    Someone with more knowledge will be around soon. Until then, I do not think Bootcamp will do this for you. I wish I could boot two OSX installations ... Perhaps from the Windows partition you could run Partition Magic and see you you can set up the partitions... likely one or more will have to be hidden and PMagic may need to control the boot process... good luck.

    Also did you try to search this forum for answers... I know it is not always a clean path but I have most always found what I was looking for.
     
  5. misco thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I remember well, there was an extensive thread posted right

    after the arrival of Leopard. Back then, I followed all the instructions but I

    ended up reinstalling Leopard once again. I had to install

    Tiger first and next Leopard (my Macbook came with an upgrade DVD

    for Leopard).

    I have tried a Virtual Machine (desktop parallels), but I didn't like it.
     
  6. misco thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Solution

    I got it. Following a tip from an IT guy.

    Install rEFIT in the Mac OS X Leopard. Download it.

    Download the ISO of Ubuntu 8.10 on the Windows Vista desktop.

    Next, download Wubi on the Windows Vista desktop.

    Run Wubi and follow the instructions.

    The system will reboot.

    Using rEFIt, boot in Windows Vista. While booting Windows Vista,

    pres the Alt key. Select Ubuntu. The install of Ubuntu will continue.

    That's all.
     
  7. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    Wow .. it's a bit complicated. So you have a dual boot in boot camp and then a dual boot in Vista. I can't believe that bootcamp/refit can't handle 3 OSs.

    Even on the sreenshot of refit we can see 3 OS:

    http://refit.sourceforge.net/screen.html
     
  8. macffooky macrumors regular

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    It's perfectly possible but there are many possible pitfalls. Your best bet is to search the Ubuntu Apple forum for the best method with 8.10 but when I made my 24" iMac triple boot with 7.10 I first partitioned in two with Boot Camp and checked that XP was booting happily. Then I partitioned the first, larger OS X in two in order to create a partition on which to install Ubuntu.

    This initially appeared to completely bork the XP partition but all that was necessary was to edit the boot.ini file to reflect that XP had moved one partition along (from 3 to 4). I've subsequently upgraded Ubuntu to 8.04 and 8.10 and rEFIt has been fine the whole time.
     
  9. Consultant macrumors G5

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    All you need is to split the OSX partition.

    I have booted MBP with different versions of linux on USB thumbdrives and CD.

    You need to format the partition or thumbdrive properly (FAT I think).
     
  10. jdwingnut macrumors regular

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    See if this article helps at all. I came across it not long ago when trying to what you talking about, but does require some "Terminal" knowledge.

    http://wiki.onmac.net/index.php/Triple_Boot_via_BootCamp_Ubuntu

    I had also found that when using rEFIt with the Mac OS and Ubuntu that the Mac's efi does not allow Ubuntu to modify it with its own GRUB boot loader and therefor does not recognize it when booting up into Ubuntu.

    rEFIT does recognize the Ubuntu install as well as any other install you may have, but won't load anything except OSX or a Windows install via Bootcamp. Bootcamp is the only official app that is supported under OSX and is a dual boot app. It is however possible to dual boot with the Mac and Ubuntu instead of Windows.

    It is also possible to modify the Mac's efi partition to allow Ubuntu to dual boot just as the Mac's OS would without using rEFIT, but requires one to know how to use the "bless" command within the Terminal of OSX and this is way over my head and can really mess up you computer if you don't know what you are doing
     

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