Posted 19 February 2008 - 12:44 AM
The leopard os partition is comprised of the entire capacity of a 500GB Parallel ATA HDD. I have a two other physical drives. 1 is a 320 GB SATA and the other is an 80 GB SATA. The 320 GB SATA is a Windows Partition and the 80 GB is just free space. No crucial data on either.
I am trying to get boot camp to run on leopard but I receive a 'Boot Camp Assistant cannot be used'...'You must update your computers' Boot ROM firmware before using this setup assistant'.
What would be my best move towards getting Boot Camp to run on my existing leopard installation?? Is it possible to partition either of the other physical drives to run an XP VM inside my leopard install?
Thank You very much!
Posted 25 April 2008 - 11:46 PM
I think I've figured some stuff out regarding this.
Before I continue, I'll state some relevant configuration. Only ONE disk in my system right now, MBR partitioned into 2 partitions, OS X and Windows XP. The OS X partition is the first on the disk, the XP one second. Both are obviously primary partitions.
The latest version of Parallels has always let me select the boot camp option (build 3170 and now 3186), but when trying to boot it would give me the "Unable to open disk image Boot Camp" error message.
I tried to specify the partition using the instructions here: http://forums.parall...ustom boot camp
No dice, still wouldn't boot.
I then tried to see whether I could use my Windows partition as a secondary partition while booting from my normal image file. Parallels didn't fuss at all, and it showed up as the F drive.
That was kinda weird, what could possibly be different. Parallels was able to use the partition as a secondary one in the virtual machine, and the only difference between that and using it as the main boot partition was the ability to actually boot it. This made me think .. Parallels basically connects to the entire disk, not just the partition. Of course the stupid thing wouldn't boot right, the OS X partition is the active partition, not the Windows one!
So I used fdisk in OS X (the OS X one), to manually make the Windows partition active while OS X was running. Ding ding! Parallels didn't give the error anymore, and started booting from the Windows "boot camp" partition!
Now mind you, I got a BSOD shortly after this, but this seemed like an issue that happened on regular Macs too depending on your method of Windows installation, etc: See here, 4th post down: http://forums.parall...ghlight=mup.sys
Just right now I booted the XP CD in Parallels with the "boot camp" partition enabled, and repaired the installation. It rebooted and I'm running the 2nd part of the repair right now in Parallels booted off the "boot camp" partition! Lets see if we can make it to the end of the repair and still have it booting!
Anyways, on to the technical details of how I did this:
My MBR is a standard MBR, no special bootloaders installed. I could not get this to work with SmartBootManager installed no matter what.
1. Make sure the Windows/"Boot Camp" partition is unmounted at all times when you go to use Parallels. Since I don't use that partition in the Finder/OS X anyways, I just set OS X to not automount it on boot anyways. Instructions how to do that here: http://forums.macosx...ad.php?p=353615
2. Start Terminal. Either su, or sudo fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0 <--- Depending on your actual disk with Windows partition. I'd imagine that this "active partition" issue only applies to those with a single disk with both OS X and Windows.
Once in fdisk, type in "print", minus the quotes. See which one is your Windows partition.
Next you want to do "flag x" .. "x" being the number of your Windows partition. For instance, my Windows partition is 2, so I'd type "flag 2". Type in "write", then "quit".
3. Make sure your Parallels .pvs file is set to use bootcamp and specify the Windows partition /dev/ entry. Eg. Disk 0:0 image = Boot Camp;disk0s2. See this thread here for how to do this: http://forums.parall...ustom boot camp
4. Again, make sure your Windows disk is unmounted from Finder. Start parallels. If you're lucky, Windows will boot up!
5. Don't forget to set your OS X partition as active again before you reboot your computer, or else you'll be booting into Windows. I'm sure there is a way that we can automate/script the fdisk stuff I did above so that it will set the Windows partition as active after OSX is booted up, and then set the OS X partition back as active when you go to shut down/restart.
I'll check in again after my "repair" is done!
DS this worked for me as I have vista and OSX 10.5.2 on the same disc. I cant believe you have to mark the windows partition active. HOW ANNOYiNG..
Has anyone gotten a script to mark the partition active and then unmark it after done?
Also do you guys always have to repair the windows partition whenever you switch from natively booting the disc to when you virtually boot it?
I hope someone can answer to these questions. THX
Posted 30 July 2009 - 12:46 AM
After reading info about using GUID partition to cheat Parallel for having bootcamp partition existed within hackintosh (thx to Macgirl) in this thread
I've tried to do a fresh install for my hackintosh and came to a conclusion that I have a sure way of making this work.
No need to edit .pvs files at all.
1.) Prepare 2 hard disk. 1st for both ur winxp and osx. 2nd hdd for a GUID partition table (main usage for me is to store all of my data files).
2.) using ur Jas DVD. Boot in to it and use disk utility to partition ur 1st hdd to 2 partition. reason for this is both of the partition table will be in primary partition instead of extended partition. This will make sure that ur chain0 loader will be able to load ur osx partition.
3.) Install xp in 1st partition in 1st HDD. use NTFS or Fat32 will do.
4.) Install OSX from ur Jas DVD. use darwin bootloader to boot in to xp after installation and set xp partition to active. be sure to append " <key>Timeout</key> <string>yes</string>" in to ur apple.com.boot.plist
5.) put chain0 file in c:\ and append c:\chain0="Mac OSX x86" in to boot.ini
6.) now boot in to osx. install parallel desktop regularly like a real intelmac.
7.) select bootcamp partition from parallel option without editing .pvs
8.) successful boot for me.
in conclusion. Both edit .pvs and GUID method works. only drawback from .pvs editing method is it wouldn't work anymore after a few updates to ur windows. so far GUID method works everytime for me and it makes ur hackintosh feels as if like the real macpro.
hi, i know this is kinda old, but i just discovered this hackintosh project and i followed your guide.. i managed to boot to windows xp via parallels with no problem at all, however, when i tried to run natively on windows xp, i ran into BOSD.. my setup is a BENQ mini notebook with 1x160gb harddisk, i partitioned it with 40gb mac osx, 15 gb winxp..
how can i solve this issue? thanks..
Posted 09 December 2009 - 05:22 AM
Posted 09 December 2009 - 06:54 AM
I just installed Parallels desktop 4 and set up my VM to run my real Windows 7 disk, but the machine doesn't run because it says hardware virtualization is disabled. Is it even possible to get virtualization on a hackintosh? Running SL 10.6.2 on a rampage formula.
Both VirtualBox and Parallels desktop 5 work fine on my hackintosh
Posted 09 January 2010 - 07:25 AM
The virtual machine cannot be started because the hardware virtualization support is disabled on your Mac. Try to restart your Mac. If it doesn't help, contact the Parallels support team for assistance".
Posted 30 March 2010 - 10:18 PM
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