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I would like to get OSX up onto my laptop in order to try out the platform. To install I:

1) Formated my partition using Disk Manager. I made a 13GB Primary partition in Journal Extended.

2) Installed Darwin bootloader.

3) Installed iAtkos to my partition

4) Used an online guide to:

Step 4: Starting back in Vista

Once the install is done, reboot with the DVD in the drive and at the countdown, hit F8. Type -s at the prompt and hit Enter.


Execute the following commands.

  1. fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
  2. flag 1
  3. quit
  4. reboot

"/dev/rdisk0" points to the first hard-drive; which is where we have Vista installed.

"flag 1" points to the first partition on that drive; which is most commonly the partition where one has their Vista installed (i.e. Primary Partition).


Before the computer boots up, remove the DVD (or change your boot order) and you should start up in Vista. IF you run into problems with this, which hopefully you won't, then try doing a repair using the Vista Setup DVD.


Step 5: Adding Boot Menu to Boot into Mac OS X

After Vista loads, copy the Chain0 file from the MAC DVD into the C:\ drive. Then open command prompt (with elevated admin privileges) and execute the following command (this command should be entered as it is...);


  • bcdedit /copy {current} /d "My MAC"

Then execute the following;

  • bcdedit /enum active

Note the GUID for the "My MAC" entry that you created - which in my case was the same as for all the other entries... (example; {8c384824-6ff0-11db-8455-0016d303c84f}). And then finally execute the following;

  • bcdedit /set {GUID} PATH \chain0

(Replace GUID with your actual GUID in the command above)


Close Command Prompt and restart Vista. (Remove the MAC DVD before doing so).



When I boot to "My MAC" in the Windows bootloader it always returns me to Windows. I checked out the boot path with EasyBSD and this is what I got:

There are a total of 2 entries listed in the Vista Bootloader.

Bootloader Timeout: 30 seconds.

Default OS: Windows Vista ™ Ultimate


Entry #1


Name: Windows Vista ™ Ultimate

BCD ID: {current}

Drive: C:\

Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Windows Directory: \Windows


Entry #2


Name: My MAC

BCD ID: {e3526c8d-083f-11dd-8527-d8aa352c0b5c}

Drive: C:\

Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Windows Directory: \Windows


What do I do from here?

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I've been playing around with OSX for the last month. The first thing I did was what you're trying to do now. I am by no means an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I believe that the problem is with your BCD ID for entry 2. I think it points to your Vista partition and not your OSX install. You need to use DiskPart from the windows command line to list the disks and partitions with their GUID's to get the correct one for your OSX partition. Try downloading EasyBCD to see if it helps. I'm dual booting into 10.5.2 and Vista, I'm also running XP and Linux in virtual machines with dual screens under OSX using parallels. :stretcher:


Check it out!




I can boot into Vista, iAtkos, Kalyway or Leo4all.

  • iAtkos seems to work best for me. It installed without a problem. Everything works except sleep and my virtual machines run very fast. :thumbsup_anim:
  • Leo4Allv2 installed without problems either, but my virtual machines load a lot slower and other things seem a bit sluggish to.
  • Kalyway took a lot of work to even get running and seems sluggish compared to iAtkos.

I'm not sure why iAtkos is running my apps so much faster. If anyone has an idea I'd appreciate your input.

Sleep doesn't work on any of them. (Vanilla kernal on iAtkos, Kalyway and Toh patched kernal on Leo4all) Help with this would also be appreciated.


Good luck and remember to purchase the software if you like it as soon as you can afford to.


Thanks to all who put in the effort to help others on these forums.

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