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Perfect Leopard Install - How I did it

Paranoid Marvin

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My hardware is as follows:


Abit LG-95 (945GC chipset)

Core 2 Duo E4400

Onboard sound

Seagate Barracuda on SATA

Aopen combo drive on IDE

Nvidia Geforce 7100GS on PCI-e 16x

Linksys WMP54GS (Broadcom chipset)

Belkin FD7001UK (Ralink chipset, not working, but not needed)


I have 2 partitions on a GUID partition map, with iATKOS Leopard 10.5.1 on the first partition, booting using PC-EFI and the darwin bootloader and Vista Ultimate x64 on the second partition, booting from the darwin bootloader.


The way I did this might not work for everyone, as my hardware is very close to that of a Mac Mini or iMac.


Firstly, I got PC-EFI v8 and put it on a pen drive.

I booted off the iATKOS disk, and partitioned my drive as 1 HFS+ partition using the GUID partition map.

I then put these commands into terminal

(note, my pen drive is called 123, X and Y are the values of the partition I am going to instal onto. Eg, disk0s2 - X=0 Y=2)


cd /Volumes/123/pc_efi_v80
./startupfiletool /dev/rdiskXsY ./boot_v8
dd if=./guid/boot1h of=/dev/rdiskXsY bs=512 count=1

Then I unmounted the partition using Disk Utility

cd /Volumes/123/pc_efi_v80
dd if=./guid/boot0 of=/dev/diskX bs=400 count=1


Reboot. If you are successful, you should get something like "boot.plist" cannot be found.

The I booted off the iATKOS disk again.

I selected the following options in the installer:

- Vanilla kernel

- Natit for Nvidia

- Azalia audio


Once this is done, you should have a working Leopard install, with PC-EFI and GUID.


But I went one step further and dual booted Vista.


In Leopard, I went to disk utility and shrunk my Leopard partition and added a new one called Boot Camp. Format it to FAT32 and reboot to the Vista install disk. Run that as normal.

Run iATKOS install disk again and run the command:

cd /Volumes/123/pc_efi_v80
dd if=./guid/boot0 of=/dev/diskX bs=400 count=1


Then you should have Vista and Leopard co-existing on a GUID partition map using the Darwin bootloader and PC-EFI.

This is about as close to a real Mac as you can get :hysterical:


Good luck!


(thanks to I_am...me - most of this came from his guide here)

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