I'm trying this method now with a Dell Optiplex 780...will post results later...
The booting problem, unfortunately, still remains. The only reliable way to boot is still through the installation USB stick. This after a weekend spent doing nothing else!
The display is exactly the same every time
Boot 0: test
Boot 0: error
The number of times Boot 0: test shows up depends upon the number of partitions. It looks like it goes to every partition before giving up.
I tried manually installing chameleon, also. No luck, booting but I am sure that chameleon is there. I also tried the solution that is widely proposed on the internet i.e. ensuring that the partition is active via Terminal. No luck, here either.
An interesting observation. Even when booting through the USB installer, the machine still tries to boot itself! On very close observation of the display, I can see the boot 0 messages dimly before the spinning wheel starts. I haven’t figured this one out since I have set the boot order to be USB CD-ROM, USB hard drive/key and then notebook hard disc.
I continued installing Kubuntu and then Windows. Also use Easy BCD with the entries of Grub 2 for Kubuntu and MBR for Mac OSX. When I try to boot Mac OSX via Easy BCD it says missing chainloader. However, Windows and Kubuntu work through Easy BCD. I have been toying with the idea of also installing DOS on a separate partition but have decided that discretion is the better part of valor! Better solve the MacOSX first!
This is really unfortunate. I have the Mac OS X working beautifully and have upgraded upto 10.6.8. I have to use an external USB Wireless (Zonet) and have not focused on sleep. The machine does try to sleep because I lose control of the mouse and it has to be brought back by wiggling the power switch. The display does not go dark. This is a minor problem though compared to the booting.
The HP Mini 110 I am using has been hackintoshed. I did check for the latest BIOS – F.23 which I do have. I was wondering if it could have anything to do with the SATA vs. AHCI. However, I am able to change very little in the BIOS.
At this point, I can use the triple boot Hackintosh with the requirement of a Boot USB! I am off on another trip and will tackle it again after my return. I discovered another triple boot technique. http://osx86sv.wordpress.com/
Might try this out on another netbook I have when I come back, unless I have been able to figure out this boot problem.
Thanks a ton for your help. I wouldn’t have gotten this far without it. I am keeping good notes so I will be able to write a good guide at the end of all this.