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In step 6 running

./fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk0

should not mess with Windows 7 boot.



These commands don't work this kills my Win7 from booting, it always says BOOTMGR missing.



SARs-Mac-mini:~ SAR$ diskutil list



0: FDisk_partition_scheme *160.0 GB disk0

1: Windows_NTFS System Reserved 104.9 MB disk0s1

2: Windows_NTFS 86.9 GB disk0s2

3: Apple_HFS OSX 32.2 GB disk0s3

4: OpenBSD 40.8 GB disk0s4



Here are the cmds I'm running;



cd /usr/standalone/i386/


sudo ./fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk0


sudo dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s3


sudo cp boot /


sudo /usr/standalone/i386/fdisk -e /dev/disk0

f 3






I've been messing with this for a few days and still can't get it, can someone tell me how to do this so it doesn't mess up Win7?




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Guys, I am having a bear of a time getting this to work and I have a simple laptop. Here's what I did so far...


bash-3.2# diskutil list
  #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
  0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *750.2 GB   disk0
  1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk0s1
  2:                  Apple_HFS Snow Leopard            104.5 GB   disk0s2
  3:       Microsoft Basic Data                         645.3 GB   disk0s3
bash-3.2# cd /Users/dervisionar/Desktop/hackint0sh/usr/standalone/i386 
bash-3.2# fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk0
bash-3.2# dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s2
2+0 records in
2+0 records out
1024 bytes transferred in 0.007618 secs (134415 bytes/sec)
bash-3.2# cp boot /
bash-3.2# fdisk -e /dev/disk0
Enter 'help' for information
fdisk: 1> p
Disk: /dev/disk0	geometry: 91201/255/63 [1465149168 sectors]
Offset: 0	Signature: 0xAA55
        Starting       Ending
#: id  cyl  hd sec -  cyl  hd sec [     start -       size]
1: EE 1023 254  63 - 1023 254  63 [         1 -     409639] <Unknown ID>
*2: AF 1023 254  63 - 1023 254  63 [    409640 -  204124832] HFS+        
3: 0C 1023 254  63 - 1023 254  63 [ 204796620 - 1260347445] Win95 FAT32L
4: 00    0   0   0 -    0   0   0 [         0 -          0] unused      
fdisk: 1> f 2
Partition 2 marked active.
fdisk:*1> write
Device could not be accessed exclusively.
A reboot will be needed for changes to take effect. OK? [n] y
Writing MBR at offset 0.
fdisk: 1> exit


To answer some questions:

1) I'm doing this with Chimera 1.4.1 (same thing as Chameleon, I'd think...)

2) I'm not doing a multi OS setup. The FAT32 partition is just what I'm going to format into an HFS + partition later once I get this figured out.

3) My bios is set to AHCI mode for the SATA HD Controller.

4) I AM doing this from the Mac OSX install I'm trying to boot.

5) This is on a laptop - Acer Inspire 7740G - Core i5 - ATI5650m - 4GB DDR3 on 2 sticks - 750GB Seagate 7200rpm


Here's some questions I have:

1) What am I doing wrong?

2) Would it be easier to do this operation from another Mac?

3) Could I do this from a Mac OSX Virtual Machine? - Answered: No... not recommended to do FDISK commands to a physical drive from VMWare.


Any feedback or advice would be helpful. And thanks in advance... I've been at this for some time.




EDIT: Here's what I did wrong - I had to write the change to the main OS disk from another install of OSX.


TLDR Fix: If you can't get Chimera/Chameleon to install, write the changes from another install of OSX that's not your primary drive.


Here's what I had to work with: 1 laptop. 1 500GB HD. 1 750GB HD. 1 SATA to USB external enclosure.


I did my OSX Install on my 750GB disk per normal. After the 10.6.8 update, I pulled the drive out and loaded in a freshly formatted original 500GB drive.


I then proceeded to install OSX on the 500 GB drive. Once it was done, I booted back to the 500GB with [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url], loaded the 750GB drive into the SATA to USB adapter, mounted the external and proceeded to do the steps above on that drive, which was posted as Disk2 in my setup.


After I loaded boot0 and boot1h onto the 750GB external, I swapped drives again. I was then able to load Chimera without the [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url] CD.

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I booting from iAtkos Lion boot dvd and getting this:

fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk0

fdisk: could not open MBR file boot0: No such file or directory

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Hi, I followed this tutorial, everything went well but in the end i have no file "smbios.plist" to place in the "Extra" folder.


I created the folder and copy the "smbios.plist" that came in the file "Chameleon-2.0-RC4-r684-bin", the computer starts, boot to Chameleon, i choose the disk but a few seconds later he restarts.


Anyone know how to solve?


Thank you,







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Nice guide. Do we need that fisk command? What is the purpose of that "fdisk -f boot0 -u -y?":


fdisk -f boot0 -u-y /dev/rdisk0


I only used these two and chameleon work:

dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s2

cp boot /


Thank you!

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Hi, im getting a strange error on step 9. When I type in the code you said to type, using my drive of corse, I get : resource busy. What am I doing wrong? Could some one help me?

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Great & Thx a Lot c0rk007hck :thumbsup_anim:


followed literally and worked 110%.


My new cfg: ASUS HB87-Plus + Core i54570 + 4+4Gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 + Asus GT9600 silent 512 + SSD Intel 180 GB (win7) + (old) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 0.5TB (OsX 10.8.5 Niresh).


Now SSD is disconnected, I'll fix later, but I choose for my multi boot to format the 'ancient' HDD in MBR:

disk0s1= 1GB "BOOT" for current and further bootloaders. Im going to try Easy BCD here, too.

disk0s2= 233 GB "OsX" (10.8.5 ...)

disk0s3= 265 GB for temporarily store Time Machine an other setup stuff


I chose that to allow me restoring (from TM) the OSX partition, without any boot fix to be further applied, while I'm messing around my final cfg.

For n00bs: never use same HDD for OS and Time Machine, a disk failure will be dramatic. :shock:  :no:  :sick: 

I'm currently playing without any personal docs. Later on, once reached a satifying cfg, I'll move my docs on OsX disk and move Time Mac on a different HDD.


Bye & THX



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