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    Default Triple Boot on Macbook Pro (SnowLeopard/Win7/BT5R2)

    I as probably noted due to this being posted in the beginners section am new to the whole linux thing. I have a late 2010 mbp i7 with 500gb HDD that I use for school. I am required to have both OS's for school. Initially my partitions were 150gb for OS-X and 350gb for Bootcamp Win7. I have since made a few changes. Currently as of this post I have 150gb for OS-X, 300gb for Bootcamp Win7, and 50gb that I have formatted FAT32 in hopes of installing BT5R2. (I just used the windows disk manager to shrink the partition and reformat the free space)

    Now begin the issues.

    I have BT5R2 on dvd, iso on mac desktop, and USB live stick. I cannot seem to get it to boot from the usb and I cannot install via VM and my iso to my partition on the HDD. I have and can repeatedly boot from the dvd however when I try to install it doesn't show my free partition. OS-X doesn't show my free partition either. I have installed rEFIt and the 3rd partiton shows up there as well as in Win7.

    Please help. If any additional info is needed just ask and I'll do my best to provide it.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance regardless of if it works or not.

    That Linux NOOB,
    Jeremiah Blackwell



    *EDIT*
    It wasn't the solution I wanted but after trying everything I could think of I ended up Backing up all my data and just deleting bootcamp, making a partition for backtrack and installing it in that partition. I have yet to reinstall win7 but I'm fairly certain it will work. :P
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    Default Re: Triple Boot on Macbook Pro (SnowLeopard/Win7/BT5R2)

    It should work, but if you can you should try to get BT as the 3rd OS. I just remember that was optimal when i installed OSX, XP and BT3 on my macbook.

    I have been having problems installing BT on my brand-new mbpr, BT5R2 would not boot at all, but BT5R1 installs fine. Except that it forces me to have a swap partition, which i suspect is causing the MBR partition map error that refit is giving me after repeated clean wipes and multiple tries. What kind of results is the refit partition sync tool giving you? Im curious also, if BT5R2 is putting a swap file on your hdd as well?

    Let me know how it goes.

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    Default Re: Triple Boot on Macbook Pro (SnowLeopard/Win7/BT5R2)

    Quote Originally Posted by s3x5hun8 View Post
    I as probably noted due to this being posted in the beginners section am new to the whole linux thing. I have a late 2010 mbp i7 with 500gb HDD that I use for school. I am required to have both OS's for school. Initially my partitions were 150gb for OS-X and 350gb for Bootcamp Win7. I have since made a few changes. Currently as of this post I have 150gb for OS-X, 300gb for Bootcamp Win7, and 50gb that I have formatted FAT32 in hopes of installing BT5R2. (I just used the windows disk manager to shrink the partition and reformat the free space)

    Now begin the issues.

    I have BT5R2 on dvd, iso on mac desktop, and USB live stick. I cannot seem to get it to boot from the usb and I cannot install via VM and my iso to my partition on the HDD. I have and can repeatedly boot from the dvd however when I try to install it doesn't show my free partition. OS-X doesn't show my free partition either. I have installed rEFIt and the 3rd partiton shows up there as well as in Win7.

    Please help. If any additional info is needed just ask and I'll do my best to provide it.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance regardless of if it works or not.

    That Linux NOOB,
    Jeremiah Blackwell



    *EDIT*
    It wasn't the solution I wanted but after trying everything I could think of I ended up Backing up all my data and just deleting bootcamp, making a partition for backtrack and installing it in that partition. I have yet to reinstall win7 but I'm fairly certain it will work. :P
    Need to boot up with gparted, actually, is included in the DVD live (BT5)..Shrink partitions and the one you want to use for BT5, need to be a ext4 filesystem partition, not fat32...For USB you are encouraged to do a fat32, not in HDD....

    If you have created the fat32 partition, simply open up a terminal (BT5 live DVD), type gparted, and choose the FAT partition, and format it as ext4....Then try to install. Actually, if you install from any linux distro, when doing it manually, you can even change the type of partition and reformat it to ext4. So that would be a second option, not only use gparted and then install, but within installation (doing it manually) you change partition type and then it reformat that partition.

    Now, once done that, install BT5 manually, NOT "next door option", or "the next empty stuff" option...Need to learn how to do it. It is the best way to learn..There are many info out there...

    If you install win7 after any linux distro, the windows bootloader will literally "eat" , "devour", will overwrite the MBR record (first 512K of HDD)..Then, you will not be alble to see other OS....Indeed, there is a way to recover boot again from any linux partition, it is easy and without any hassels, dispite of comments saying the opposite, I've done it my self many times.

    But if you install first Win7, OSX and then the linux distro of your desire, you always have the GRUB menu, showing the other OS...

    Luck...
    Last edited by maverik35; 07-14-2012 at 11:29 AM.

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