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April 24, 2009 8:45 pm0 comments

Or, how I learned to triple-boot Windows, OSX, Ubuntu.

So, I got a new PC.  MSI Wind Nettop 100. Dual core Atom, low-power CPU, put a 1TB WD Caviar Green drive in it.  And found in one review, links on how to install OSX on one… I had to try.

I ended up installing Windows first – because I must – and then OSX – which wiped Windows somehow, then trying again, and… well, a couple of times, you get the idea.

Finally, how I ended up doing it.

First, I decided on ~30GB for each OS.  The rest of the drive I’ll use for storage.  So, 30GB NTFS partition for Windows is primary #1, installed XP.  I think because of the CF slot, it shows up as drive E all the time – no matter.  Partition #2, I had to mess with – it wanted to install on the NTFS partition though it couldn’t, or something.  Managed to boot into Ubuntu, then clear it so that it could select it as an installable partition.  Installed fine – you have to turn USB support to Hi-speed in the BIOS for this to work.

Then strait to Ubuntu.  Manual install, split into 4 different partitions – /, /home, /var/log, and swap, all extended.  It installs Grub with XP listed without even asking – but not OSX.

That was easy enough – in Ubuntu, edit /boot/grub/menu.lst.  Copy the Windows entry, changing just the title and partition number to match the reality:

title OSX
root (hd0,1)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1

Then it comes up in the menu.  But, select it, and the OSX bootloader loads Windows by default.

Thus, hit a key when it prompts during that boot, and choose OSX.  Then within there, edited the bootloader config file like:

sudo nano /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist

There’s an empty Kernel Flags section there – and you can specify what it boots first.  That I changed to the Mac partition as well, with:

<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>rd=disk0s1</string>

If you’re unsure you can get the information of the disk and it will tell you which one it is within OSX.

TaDa.  Boots Ubuntu by default, but have a few seconds to choose XP or OSX.  I need to make XP the default, realistically, for now, but otherwise… cool.

I think OSX worked better as well.  I’ll need to tweak it.

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