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    Re: Triple Boot MacbookPro (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

    Hello, and thank you for posting this thread!

    I am successfully triple booting with Mac OS 10.6.8, Win 8 Pro, and Ubuntu 12.10 on Macbook Pro 4.1 (Early 2008) with all drivers working properly following this thread. Ubuntu boot loader is installed on the same partition as Ubuntu, and I have created and extra swap partition.

    I have also created a FAT shared data partition that I can see and edit in both Mac and Ubuntu, but I cannot see in Windows. When I view the drive/partition tool in windows, it displays the shared FAT partition as unallocated space.

    I also tried to recreate the shared partition within Ubuntu, by erasing the partition, making a new FAT partition and then fixing the MBR table with gdisk in Mac OS, but with the exact same result (seeing the partition in both Mac and Ubuntu but not seeing it in Win) as before. And now I also have the drive showing up in refit.

    Any suggestions will greatly be appreciated on getting the shared partition to mount on windows.

    Here is my MBR and GPT layout:

    *** Report for internal hard disk ***

    Current GPT partition table:
    # Start LBA End LBA Type
    1 40 409639 EFI System (FAT)
    2 409640 98065895 Mac OS X HFS+
    3 98328576 293640191 Basic Data [win8 partition]
    4 293640192 342466363 Basic Data [ubuntu partition]
    5 342466364 467394294 Basic Data [shared data partition]
    6 467433472 468860927 Linux Swap

    Current MBR partition table:
    # A Start LBA End LBA Type
    1 1 409639 ee EFI Protective
    2 409640 98065895 af Mac OS X HFS+
    3 * 98328576 293640191 07 NTFS/HPFS
    4 293640192 342466363 83 Linux

    MBR contents:
    Boot Code: Unknown, but bootable

    Partition at LBA 40:
    Boot Code: None (Non-system disk message)
    File System: FAT32
    Listed in GPT as partition 1, type EFI System (FAT)

    Partition at LBA 409640:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: HFS Extended (HFS+)
    Listed in GPT as partition 2, type Mac OS X HFS+
    Listed in MBR as partition 2, type af Mac OS X HFS+

    Partition at LBA 98328576:
    Boot Code: Windows BOOTMGR (Vista)
    File System: NTFS
    Listed in GPT as partition 3, type Basic Data
    Listed in MBR as partition 3, type 07 NTFS/HPFS, active

    Partition at LBA 293640192:
    Boot Code: GRUB
    File System: ext4
    Listed in GPT as partition 4, type Basic Data
    Listed in MBR as partition 4, type 83 Linux

    Partition at LBA 342466364:
    Boot Code: Unknown, but bootable
    File System: FAT32
    Listed in GPT as partition 5, type Basic Data

    Partition at LBA 467433472:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: Unknown
    Listed in GPT as partition 6, type Linux Swap

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    Re: Triple Boot MacbookPro (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

    Quote Originally Posted by dimtarsp View Post
    Hello, and thank you for posting this thread!

    I am successfully triple booting with Mac OS 10.6.8, Win 8 Pro, and Ubuntu 12.10 on Macbook Pro 4.1 (Early 2008) with all drivers working properly following this thread. Ubuntu boot loader is installed on the same partition as Ubuntu, and I have created and extra swap partition.

    I have also created a FAT shared data partition that I can see and edit in both Mac and Ubuntu, but I cannot see in Windows. When I view the drive/partition tool in windows, it displays the shared FAT partition as unallocated space.

    I also tried to recreate the shared partition within Ubuntu, by erasing the partition, making a new FAT partition and then fixing the MBR table with gdisk in Mac OS, but with the exact same result (seeing the partition in both Mac and Ubuntu but not seeing it in Win) as before. And now I also have the drive showing up in refit.

    Any suggestions will greatly be appreciated on getting the shared partition to mount on windows.

    Here is my MBR and GPT layout:
    I have the same problem and I don't know what to do.

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    Re: How-to triple boot Macbook Pro 2011... Lion, Windows 7, Ubuntu

    I'm stuck looking at a pretty purple and orange background with a cursor and a status bar. There are volume and gear icons in the task bar, but clicking them does nothing. Any ideas?

    I was stuck looking at this for forever

    EDIT: FIXED! Turns out it was just taking forever, I left to go out to dinner with my family and when I came back I was on the desktop!
    Last edited by superchuckinator; January 26th, 2013 at 03:02 AM. Reason: Added solution

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    Re: Triple Boot MacbookPro (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

    Hi,

    I had installed windows with the help of bootcamp and then later on I partitioned my mac HD to install linux and linux swap partitions.
    Then my windows 7 stopped loading. Give some boot loader error.But my mac OSX and linux work perfectly.
    Now i came across your article and after printing the partitions this is what i got


    Number Start (sector) End (sector) Size Code Name
    1 40 409639 200.0 MiB EF00 EFI System Partition
    2 409640 1167552039 556.5 GiB AF00 Macintosh HD
    3 1167552040 1168821575 619.9 MiB AB00 Recovery HD
    4 1168822272 1227413503 27.9 GiB 0700 LINUX
    5 1227415552 1228242943 404.0 MiB 8200 LINUX SWAP
    6 1228242944 1465147391 113.0 GiB 0700 BOOTCAMP

    I have a lot of homework saved on my linux and mac. And I really dont want to lose any of the partitions.
    So should i go ahead and do the procedure you have mentioned?
    I am skeptical because you did not have a linux swap partition.

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    Re: Triple Boot MacbookPro (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

    Quote Originally Posted by dimtarsp View Post
    Hello, and thank you for posting this thread!

    I am successfully triple booting with Mac OS 10.6.8, Win 8 Pro, and Ubuntu 12.10 on Macbook Pro 4.1 (Early 2008) with all drivers working properly following this thread. Ubuntu boot loader is installed on the same partition as Ubuntu, and I have created and extra swap partition.

    I have also created a FAT shared data partition that I can see and edit in both Mac and Ubuntu, but I cannot see in Windows. When I view the drive/partition tool in windows, it displays the shared FAT partition as unallocated space.

    I also tried to recreate the shared partition within Ubuntu, by erasing the partition, making a new FAT partition and then fixing the MBR table with gdisk in Mac OS, but with the exact same result (seeing the partition in both Mac and Ubuntu but not seeing it in Win) as before. And now I also have the drive showing up in refit.

    Any suggestions will greatly be appreciated on getting the shared partition to mount on windows.

    Here is my MBR and GPT layout:
    Hi Dimtarsp and SuperMan,

    Windows cannot recognize any partition not included in the hybrid mbr, and linux needs to be included in the mbr in order to boot, otherwise you'll get the "missing os" error at boot. this is because Ubuntu automatically installs itself with an emulated BIOS on mac... hence the hybrid mbr.

    Something I have not tried that you may look into to, is installing Ubuntu in (U)EFI mode. Take a look here http://www.rodsbooks.com/ubuntu-efi/ and here https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFIBooting. If you succeed this way, then theoretically you could have OSX, WIN, and a shared partition in your hybrid mbr, and ubuntu as (U)EFI, so all partitions would boot and all they would all be visible to one another (except ubuntu within windows).

    I would be interested in the result, share anything you come across .

    Cheers!

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    Re: Triple Boot MacbookPro (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

    Quote Originally Posted by rohitdewani View Post
    Hi,

    I had installed windows with the help of bootcamp and then later on I partitioned my mac HD to install linux and linux swap partitions.
    Then my windows 7 stopped loading. Give some boot loader error.But my mac OSX and linux work perfectly.
    Now i came across your article and after printing the partitions this is what i got


    Number Start (sector) End (sector) Size Code Name
    1 40 409639 200.0 MiB EF00 EFI System Partition
    2 409640 1167552039 556.5 GiB AF00 Macintosh HD
    3 1167552040 1168821575 619.9 MiB AB00 Recovery HD
    4 1168822272 1227413503 27.9 GiB 0700 LINUX
    5 1227415552 1228242943 404.0 MiB 8200 LINUX SWAP
    6 1228242944 1465147391 113.0 GiB 0700 BOOTCAMP

    I have a lot of homework saved on my linux and mac. And I really dont want to lose any of the partitions.
    So should i go ahead and do the procedure you have mentioned?
    I am skeptical because you did not have a linux swap partition.
    Hi rohitdewani,

    Simply add your OSX, WIN and LINUX partitions to your hybrid mbr to make them all boot correctly. However, to make them all play nice with one another, I would add your WIN partition in front of LINUX. So when prompted, enter "2 6 4" as the partitions to add to your mbr. This process adds your partitions to the hybrid mbr, and does not touch the data inside the partitions.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Triple Boot MacbookPro (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

    Update to my original thread: I now use rEFInd as an alternative to rEFIt. rEFInd is an open source fork of rEFIt and provides better support. From Rod Smith, the same guy who provided GPT fdisk. Check it out here! http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/

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    Re: Triple Boot MacbookPro (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

    Hi and first of all thank you for your guide!

    I am finally able to triple boot my MacBook Pro 8.2!

    The only difference for me is that after the last step of your guide I had to install one more time rEFInd to see my partition again: is this normal?

    Now I'm trying to make everthing working and I'm folliwing this guide: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro8-2/Oneiric

    I started with the wi-fi related problem but I have a problem. The guide says that I have to install "linux-backports-modules-cw-3.2-oneiric-generic", but I'm not able to find it anywhere: can you tell me how did you solved this problem (since you have the same MacBook Pro)?

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    Re: Triple Boot MacbookPro (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

    Quote Originally Posted by rvb3n View Post
    Hi and first of all thank you for your guide!

    I am finally able to triple boot my MacBook Pro 8.2!

    The only difference for me is that after the last step of your guide I had to install one more time rEFInd to see my partition again: is this normal?

    Now I'm trying to make everthing working and I'm folliwing this guide: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro8-2/Oneiric

    I started with the wi-fi related problem but I have a problem. The guide says that I have to install "linux-backports-modules-cw-3.2-oneiric-generic", but I'm not able to find it anywhere: can you tell me how did you solved this problem (since you have the same MacBook Pro)?
    I used the same guide to get my wifi card working except I just skipped the "linux-backports-modules-cw-3.2-oneiric-generic" step.

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    Re: Triple Boot MacbookPro (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

    For anyone else interested, I was successfully able to triple boot my 2012 13" MBP with OS X 10.8.3, Windows 7 x64, and Ubuntu 12.04.02 x64 using this thread and the one linked below. It was fairly tricky and especially time consuming but it does work! Now with reFIT, I get a prompt and can boot into either three OS's

    http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2010/05...camp-required/

    Note: I installed both Windows 7 and Ubuntu via MBR and NOT EFI. Possibly might work under EFI as well but I haven't personally tried it. Went with MBR for simplicity but I don't know if installing them via MBR and not EFI has any benefits or downsides for that matter....
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