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  1. I have Ubuntu 8.04.1, Mac OSX 10.5.5, and Windows XP SP3 installed on my computer, and I can boot into each of them from GRUB. Ubuntu is my primary OS, but I use Windows XP as well as OSX from time to time for various reasons, and sometimes it's not always something that I want to reboot the computer to do, like using Windows Live Messenger so that I can make video-calls back home, which is not something that is possible in Linux currently. Just about the best you can do right now is to talk on the phone while using the web cam, but unfortunately American cell phones are useless in Iraq (where I will be deploying to in a few weeks here. I'm military--Hence the need to keep in touch back home via web cam). Not only that, but they are prohibited for operational security reasons as well. So long story short, Linux is a great operating system but it's not perfect, hence the reason I triple boot. What Ubuntu isn't capable of, either Windows or OSX is. I'd prefer to use OSX more than Windows, but as I'm a recently converted Microsoft whore, I still have a lot of programs and such left over on Windows. I'm happy to say that I no longer use Microsoft Office, I'm 100% using OpenOffice.Org, and I've actually got most of the music and movies on my computer in .ogg format! I don't own a zune or an iPod so I don't absolutely need to have my files in .mp3 or .avi/wmv, etc. formats. I'm a firm believer in open source.... But anyway, enough with my rant. I use Ubuntu as my OS about 90% of the time. I have already been successful in creating a .vmdk of my WinXP partition which I can boot using either VirtualBox or VMWare (I have a copy of VMWare Workstation 6.5). I can boot into XP just fine because I was able to create a dummy MBR file attached to the virtual machine and it's able to bypass the GRUB. But when I try to create a .vmdk of my OSX partition, I'm able to create it, but the virtual machine (either VMWare or VBox) will always crash at startup, stating "GRUB error 17". I've tried creating a dummy MBR file for OSX, but I've had no luck so far. Does anyone know how to get around this? I know that OSX works fine in VMWare because originally Ubuntu was my ONLY operating system and I was running virtualized copies of XP and Mac OSX, but I found that performance was drastically decreased when running them like that and I needed to have dedicated partitions for each OS, but still be able to boot them as virtual machines. PLEASE HELP!!!
  2. I'd been having some correspondence with another member on the forums in regards to a thread I posted detailing my successful triple boot install of Leopard, Windows XP and Ubuntu Hardy on two of my computers. I was more than willing to help this guy out and give him some pointers on how to get his computer to triple boot. I have a method that worked for me and I came up with it after a lot of trial and error. The fact that I was able to follow the same procedure on two very different computers and still get the same results was indicative to me that my procedure would work on at the very least, MOST computers. This is the message that I recieved this morning after several PM's back and forth For the sake of this persons anonymity I won't point any fingers. It's not their fault that they are not computer savvy enough to take on the challenge of installing OSx86 on their computer alongside other operating systems. I will ALWAYS be the first person to want to share my knowledge and help other people out, regardless of whether it's changing the oil in your car, making lasagna or in this case trying to triple boot a computer. What I will not do, is do everything for someone else. There is no benefit in that. And the problem is, people are so used to being able to call technical support whenever they have a problem with their computer, regardless of how mundane. In many cases when and if you do call tech support, the technician on the line will either walk you through the process step by step, or they will access your computer using remote assistance and physically take over your computer. There is absolutely no benefit from that in terms of sharing knowledge, and from the company offering that service to the consumer it makes more sense for them to keep their customers unaware. It's just good business. I'd been having correspondence with this member on the forums in regards to a thread I posted detailing my successful triple boot install of Leopard, Windows XP and Ubuntu Hardy on two of my computers. I was more than willing to help this guy out and give him some pointers on how to get his computer to triple boot. I have a method that worked for me and I came up with it after a lot of trial and error. The fact that I was able to follow the same procedure on two very different computers and still get the same results was indicative to me that my procedure would work on at the very least, MOST computers. The quick and dirty is a simple 5 step method: 1) boot your computer using an Ubuntu live CD and erase your entire hard drive and set up 4 partitions on your HD using GParted: NTFS for Windows FAT32 for OSX EXT3 for Ubuntu Swap Space (optional) 3) Install Windows XP on the NTFS partition. Boot into XP to make sure that you can boot into it. Worry about confuring it all later. 4) Boot OSX install disk and use DiskUtil to format the FAT32 partition as HFS+ "journaled". Then install OSX on the HFS+ partition. Make sure that you select MBR instead of GUID for your boot loader. Double check that you can boot into OSX and Windows XP. 5) Install Ubuntu on the EXT3. Check to make sure that you can boot into XP and Ubuntu. Then edit your menu.lst and add the OSX partition to it. Without getting into any details about HOW to configure each operating system, or the ins and outs of trying to install one OS or another, or how to use programs like Gedit or GParted to perform these operations, that is the basics of how to do it. I never intend to hold someone's hand through the entire process. Before EVER even attempting to install AN operating system there are steps that need to be taken to prepare. First you need to know HOW to install it. Then you need to make sure that your computer is compatible with it (meets minimum hardware requirements). Once you are sure that you can install it (and I mean absolutely POSITIVE) you can proceed with trying to install. In the case of OSx86, unless you're incredibly tech savvy or just incredibly lucky, odds are you will have to format and reinstall multiple times before you find a configuration that works for your system. Its much easier to make an isntallation work from the get go than it is to try and fix a broken installation. But it was NEVER my intention to ever walk someone through the entire installation. I sent this person a very DETAILED step by step tutorial on exactly how to set his computer up. I even took the time to explain how GRUB works, how to use GParted, I gave him a bill of materials he would need and I gave him detailed instructions on how to install EACH operating system and common pitfalls. The fact that he sent me this message after sending me a message several days ago stating he intended to proceed with installing his triple boot irritated me to no end. The fact that he was looking at two blank hard drives with no partitions in DiskUtil means that he didn't listen to a DAMN word I said. Step one is to wipe your hard drive(s) and create your partitions with GParted and then step two is to install windows. He did neither, obviously. I don't mean to sound condescending but it sounds like this is a little bit over hes head right now. He needs to do some research and come back to it when he's comfortable. Installing a single OS on a computer that was not designed to run it takes a good amount of knowledge. I have a friend who is fairly computer literate, but his only experience with computers comes from Windows. He was unsuccessful in his attempts to install Ubuntu on his laptop, and I had to help him and walk him though the process yesterday. The problem with that scenario is that he doesn't know how to do it himself. He didn't get the knowledge and if anything goes wrong he'll be asking me again to reinstall it on his computer. It's like the adage "You can give a man a fish and he will be fed for one day. If you teach a man to fish, he will be fed for the rest of his life." I don't mean to be a {censored} about things but the purpose of the forums is NOT to hold people's hands every step of the way through your installation and trouble shooting. It is to create a general wealth of knowledge for the OSX86 community so that we all may learn from each others findings and through trial and error, so that the general knowledgibility of the community as a whole will benefit. If I give you a simple step by step procedure, you will not gain much, if any knowledge from it. This is not Microsoft technical support. YOUR'E HACKING YOUR COMPUTER, AND IT IS ILLEGAL. Car thieves do not stand behind each other and say, "okay, now unlock the door with the slim-jim. Once you have successfully unlocked the door, open it making sure not to leave any fingerprints on the handle. Then use a knife or a screw driver to crack open the steering column. Once you've done that find the iginition switch and..." You get what I'm saying?
  3. I realize that it's already been done by several people, but hey! it was an accomplishment for me. My laptop (a Toshiba A205-S5000) has the Intel GL965 chipset. it is an X3100 chipset, which from what I've seen has been known to be giving everyone hell who happens to have a GMAX3100 family chipset (that includes ALOT of computers...) As of right now, I have a 100% functional Windows XP install, which in and of itself was a chore because my laptop came with Vista out of the box, and it has a SATA hard drive. So to get XP running, I had to slipstream SATA drivers into a custom install disk, and then hunt down my drivers for XP. So thank God all the hardware on my computer is used on non Vista machines from other OEM's because Toshiba doesn't have the drivers on their website. Leopard is about 95% functional (no WiFi, but everything else works perfectly) I installed OSX 10.5.5 via iDeneb, and after spending several days tearing through the forums, I finally found a fix to a display driver bug. Every time I would boot in normal (and after two or three boots in safe mod) I would always find myself looking at a white screen and have to reboot. I tried installing 10.5.1 using the Kalyway disc, and it worked like a charm except that I couldn't use my laptop screen. That got me thinking, and after someone sent me a patch to "fix" it, all it did was blue screen my external monitor, and make my laptop screen turn white. So I eventually figured out that the GMAX3100 driver was the problem and I simply deleted all the unnecessary drivers, reset the disk permissions and rebooted. voila! I am now the proud owner of a perfect dual booting Hackintosh. But it's not over yet. After having to sort out an issue Windows XP not booting properly, I installed Ubuntu 8.04.1 on the third partition. Ubuntu is by far my favorite of the three operating systems, but there is something to be said for each, and therefor I have all of them. I have a couple of tweaks I need to do to each system to get them set up how I like, mostly aesthetic stuff like installing compiz on Ubuntu and Window Blinds on XP. I can't imagine I'll use Mac for anything except swapping Garage Band projects and files with fellow musicians, so I'm not too worried about it. I'm just stoked that I'm running a clean triple boot machine! Grub handles my booting, because I like how easy it is to use and I'm just more comfortable with Linux than I am with Mac, and I try to avoid Winblows as much as I possibly can. But alas... I am not the only one who uses my computer, and my wife can't seem to figure out Linux. I am in the process of finishing the same setup on my desktop computer. Install went MUCH smoother on the desktop because it didnt' have any of the graphics card issues with Mac. It was really just a matter of backing up files and then moving partitions around. Like I said, I still have some tweaks to do (to both comps) but as soon as I finishing by GRUB boot menu on my desktop I will be able to--NO {censored}--boot into any of the three OS'es on either computer. Tomorrow I'll spend tweaking graphics cards, setting up networks and printers and stuff. Hopefully I can find a fix for my Atheros WIFI card for Mac. I'll try not to break my arm patting myself on the back...
  4. I'm installing iDeneb 10.5.5 on a Toshiba Laptop A205-S5000. The specs are fine for sure, because I've been able to boot into Leopard at least in safe mode, and I had a copy Tiger installed in VMWare on Ubuntu. I've decided to install OSX on it's own partition and triple boot Windows XP, OSX and Ubuntu, using Ubuntu as my primary boot partition and GRUB as my boot loader. I've already installed XP and Leopard and I can select between the two partitions. Like I said, I was able to boot into Leopard in Safe mode and set up my user account. After that, if I try to boot it goes all the way to the blue screen and then I'm assuming it's trying to load the welcome video and is having issues with my graphics card. My graphics card is an Intel GL965 (which is part of the X3100 family. I've tried using the the GMA X3100 patch during install, but the result is the same. PLEASE HELP ME FIGURE THIS OUT!!!
  5. Successful first boot in Safe mode

    been trying to boot normally. I've booted without entering anything, and I've booted using "-v -f" but the result is the same. It boots normally up to the point where you would see the login screen, and then the screen turns black with a movable cursor. problems I've identified so far the lack of normal boot, no sound card recognized, my atheros wifi card is not recognized, and when I boot into safe mode it won't keep my settings from the previous boot. PLEASE HELP!!! I'm so close I can taste it, but I just need a little assistance.
  6. Finally starting to get somewhere now! I had to reformat my computer more than once to finally get this to work, and darwin is not recognizing my ubuntu partition right now. I plan on using ubuntu as my primary boot partition anyway, so I'm hoping that if I reinstall ubuntu again, GRUB will take over as the boot manager and maybe even recognize my partitions without having to tweak the menu.lst So anyway, I was finally able to boot into Mac OSX this morning. I kept on bootin to a white screen with some very scrambled graphics that would eventually fade into a dark grey bar just right of center on my screen. I'm assuming this is a graphics driver issue. So just on a hunch, I booted using "-x" and booted into safe mode. From there I successfully started my system. Everything works right now except for my sound. I'm using iDeneb v.1.3 0SX 10.5.5, and after a couple of failed install attempts, I've figured out the little tricks that I needed to do to get it working. Most of which being in the "Customize" option available just before selecting install. I'm assuming I just installed the wrong audio driver (or kext, we even call them drivers in Linux) I selected the Realtek ACL97, because I seem to recall that being my driver, but apparently it isn't. Everything else seems to work fine. Ethernet works out of the box, graphics are good, and it's running at a VERY fast functional speed. Now to address the issue of no Ubuntu partition and set GRUB as the default boot loader!!!
  7. I ended up nuking my hard drive last night with a botched install attempt. I'm using iDeneb 10.5.5. It seems to be a pretty legit copy, install went well and i was actually able to boot into OSX, but it blue screened on me and then the screen went white with some crazy looking grey bar in the middle of the screen, which I'd be willing to bet is some kind of 3d graphics not being rendered properly. Perhaps i need to find a driver patch or simply another hackintosh distro. I'd really like to run Leo but I'll settl for tiger if I have to. As for now though, I was able to boot into both my windows partition and OSX via darwin and I'm sure that with some tweaking I can append Ubuntu to that list as well. Well, here goes round 2.
  8. any input would be welcome at this point Shavex. I've successfully nuked both of my computers. My laptop is able to boot into Ubuntu, but I haven't successfully been able to boot into OSX yet once. Windows XP is also MIA right now, which is surprising because I've had no problems dual booting XP and Ubuntu for months. I wasn't even able to boot in OSX after doing a clean install with nothing else on the computer. I formatted my entire disk using Disk Utility and set up three equal sized partitions named "MACOSX", "WINXP", and "UBUNTU". After installing OSX using iDeneb 10.5.5 v1.3 I would start my computer and recieve a "no system disk error. press any key to reboot". Then after in stalling XP I recieved a similar error message, but if I recall correctly it just said "System error" and it would fail to load. Then after installing Ubuntu, I'm able to access the files in any of my partitions, but I"m only able to boot into Ubuntu. I'm going to try tweaking the GRUB menu.lst. If you can tell me anything else about what I'm doing wrong I'd be very appreciative.
  9. I've tried multiple methods of achieving my desired goal of having all three OSes on my laptop. Ideally, I want to have my first partition be Ubuntu, my second partition be Windows XP, and my third partition be OSX Leopard, and I want to be handling booting with GRUB. Right now, I have my desktop computer set up as my first partition (it was on the computer before I switched to Linux) and my second partition contains Ubuntu, and thanks to GRUB Ubuntu is the default OS it boots. I have a blank space of 10GB which I've been attempting to use to install OSX on, but so far I've had no success. I'm trying to figure out which filesystem format I need to use. I know that NTFS will not work with OSX, and I've attempted formatting to EXT2, EXT3 with the GParted on the Ubuntu live CD. I recently became fed up with Windows XP on my laptop after I got the SAME virus twice and my system got Ninja kicked in the balls. My Toshiba Satellite began life as a Vista Home Premium machine, and getting all the hardware drivers in order to rollback to XP has been a pain in the ass, only to have it all go to {censored} when I encountered a virus that my expensive antivirus software did nothing against. Thank God IBM and Dell have used the same components I've got on my Toshiba Laptop on their XP machines. And then there was the whole issue of needing to make a custom WinXP install disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed in. I formatted the entire HD and did a clean install of Ubuntu. I changed my mind and then decided to create a partitioned space on the drive for installing XP, and hopefully OSX but no luck so far, and if I install windows after ubuntu, the XP boot loader overrides GRUB and I can't boot into Ubuntu. I know that it's just a matter of modifying the boot.ini file, but doing so can cause system instability. Right now I have XP running in Virtualbox in Ubuntu and it works great for what I use it for web cam with MSN which is currently not supported in Linux. It would be nice to be able to play my windows games at full speed though, Cedega just doesn't cut it and compatibility is really hit or miss. I also had a copy of OSX Tiger running in VMware Player but performance was AWFUL and almost everything was broken like ethernet (but wifi worked... go figure) USB, Firewire, DVD, etc. the intel graphics acceleration was supported but the emulation was so slow it was useless for anything other than saying "I run Hackintosh on my Linux Box". And I'm actually trying to achieve functionality here. So after trying several times to install OSX with iDeneb 10.5.5 v. 1.3 I think I may have finally made some headway (on my Desktop computer anyway). I had to boot up my Ubuntu install disk and create a new partition using GParted. I used Ext2 because I thought that's what format Mac uses. Then when I booted up the OSX install disk, I had no options available for where to install OSX. I brought up the disk utility and tried to edit the partition that way, but I kept on getting an error saying the disk could not be mounted, and the first aid functions were greyed out. But I saw that FAT32 was the default format option. So from there I exited out of the OSX disc and booted up my WinXP install disc and used the partition editor to erase the partition and format it as FAT32. Then I rebooted the OSX install disc and this time it recognized the disc, but was still unable to mount it. I was able to run First Aid on the partition, and then after reformatting AGAIN, this time using Disk Utility and changing the format to Mac Extended, I was finally able to mount the partition. I am currently installing as I'm typing this. It seems to be working fine and it says it's got an hour and 20 minutes left. Crossing my fingers and toes now... If I do manage to get it installed on there, then I will probably have to sort out the issues with boot selection.