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Note: Below is not fully-formatted correctly, you can open the attached rtf file to view correct formatting.


Computer used: HP G60-433ca


Things Working:


· Windows is fully functional


· Ubuntu is fully functional


· Mac OS X boots


o Native Resolution (in both 32 and 64-bit)


o Wireless works


o Webcam works


Things not working (OS X):


· Battery Icon


· Audio


· Flash Player + Safari = Issues (Use Firefox for the time being)


· Preview program doesn't display images for some reason


· 2-finger scrolling (Voodoo Kext) doesn’t work on Synaptics Touchpad


· No Hardware Acceleration (Quartz Extreme)


o Use iLife '08 instead of '09


o Use iWork '08 with the QE patch instead of '09






· An Ubuntu CD (amd64 for 64-bit, i386 for 32-bit) [v10.04 used for this guide]


· A Mac OS X Snow Leopard Install DVD (modified for MBR)


· An Empire EFI boot disc


· A Windows 7 Install DVD + Valid Serial Number


· Chameleon RC4 (with 915Resolution Patch)




I. Ubuntu


1. Insert the Ubuntu CD into your computer


2. When prompted, select to try a live distribution before installing


3. Once Ubuntu has loaded, select System > Administration > Gparted


4. In GParted, select Device > Create Partition Table...


5. Create a Partition Table with the following:


· A NTFS Partition (for Windows)


· A FAT32 Partition (for OS X)


· A ext4 Partition (for Ubuntu)


6. Click Apply to create the partition table


7. Exit GParted and select “Install Ubuntu” on the desktop


8. When asked where to install Ubuntu, select Specify partitions manually... (Advanced)


9. Find your ext4 partition and click Change...


10. Set the mount point of the partition to “/”


11. Ignore any warning about not having a swap partition


12. At the Ready to Install screen, click on Advanced...


13. On selecting where to install the bootloader, select your Ubuntu (3rd) partition


14. Ubuntu should install as normal


II. Windows


1. Insert your Windows Installation DVD and start the computer


2. Select your language, keyboard and other basic settings


3. When prompted, select Custom Installation


4. Select the NTFS Partition as the Windows install location


5. Install as Normal


6. Set the Windows clock to Universal




1. Insert your Empire EFI boot disc and start the computer


2. Once loaded, eject the disc and replace it with your OS X Install DVD


3. Press F5 and the OS X DVD Icon should appear


4. Press Enter to boot the disc


5. Once loaded, select Utilities > Disk Utilities from the top menu bar


6. Select your FAT32 partition and go to the Erase tab


7. Format the partition to Mac OS Extended (Journaled)


8. Proceed with Installation as normal


9. At the end, the installer might give an error that the OS X installation could not be accessed; ignore this message


10. Restart your computer and boot the Empire EFI disc again


11. You should see your OS X Partition, press enter to load it


12. Finish your installation as normal


13. Copy the Chameleon files (boot, boot0, boot1h...) to a folder on your desktop


14. Open a terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal) and type the following (assuming OS X is on 2nd partition):

cd Desktop
   cd [Name of folder with files]
   sudo fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk0
   sudo dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s2
   sudo cp boot /


15. Now open the Empire EFI disc (icon on desktop) to view the contents


16. Copy the Extra folder from the disc to the root of your Mac OS X partition


17. In the Extra folder, delete the Themes subfolder


18. Open the Preboot.dmg image file in the Extra folder


19. Open the Extra folder on the Preboot drive


20. Delete the Themes subfolder there as well


21. Open com.apple.Boot.plist in the Preboot drive's Extra folder


22. Edit the following lines


a) Delete –v


B) Delete Wait=Yes


c) Add <key>Graphics Mode</key><string>[Optimal Resolution]x32</string>


d) If using a multi-core processor, change cpus=1 to the number of cores


e) If using 64-bit:


i. Change arch=i386 to arch=x86_64


ii. change -legacy to -x64


23. Save the file


24. Update OS X via Software Update


IV. Ubuntu Revisited A


1. Restart the computer and launch Ubuntu


2. Open System > Administration > Disk Utility


3. Select the Windows partition on your hard drive and click on the Edit Partition button


4. Check the Bootable checkbox


5. Select your OS X partition, edit the partition, and uncheck it's Bootable checkbox


V. Windows Revisited


1. Insert your Windows Installation Disc and boot it


2. Select your language/keyboard layout, etc.


3. On the screen with the Install Now button, select Repair...


4. You'll be asked to repair boot options and restart, do so


VI. Ubuntu Revisited B


1. Insert your Empire EFI disc


2. Boot Ubuntu


3. Open System > Administration > Disk Utility


4. Select the Windows partition on your hard drive and click on the Edit Partition button


5. Uncheck the Bootable checkbox


6. Select your OS X partition, edit the partition, and check it's Bootable checkbox


Your installation should now be complete. If anyone has any questions/comments, feel free to reply.


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