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Thread: Need Help Booting Ubuntu via Boot Camp

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    Need Help Booting Ubuntu via Boot Camp

    Hi. I just installed Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit via boot camp on my macbook pro following this guide:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro

    I installed it successfully and followed all the steps, but i can't boot into Ubuntu. rEFit is displayed upon start up and i select 'Boot Linux from HD', then it prompts me to insert a boot disk (CD).

    I can easily boot into OS X, just not Ubuntu.

    Do i have to select 'Boot Linux from HD' then install it again - then i would have 2 installs of Ubuntu on my HD?

    Any help appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Need Help Booting Ubuntu via Boot Camp

    when in de rEFIt startup menu select the partitioning tool,
    it will say it updated the mbr, typ y and let it do its thing, now it should work

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    Re: Need Help Booting Ubuntu via Boot Camp

    Thank you for replying, it now works.

    Just a quick question, on the rEFit menu when the Linux is selected it says start partition 4. Should this be partition 4 / have 4 partitions?

    If not is there any way i can delete the unneeded partitions?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Need Help Booting Ubuntu via Boot Camp

    gparted is the linux utility if i am not mistaking for this kind of job

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    Re: Need Help Booting Ubuntu via Boot Camp

    what is the output of
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda
    ?

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    Re: Need Help Booting Ubuntu via Boot Camp

    4 partitions:

    /dev/sda1 fat32
    /dev/sda2 hfs+
    /dev/sda3 ext3
    /dev/sda4 linux-swap

    sda2 is mt OS X partition.
    sda 3 and 4 are my linux / swap partitions.

    is sda1 required to boot? Plus if i wanted to delete the linux partition do i unmount them in GParted and erase with disk utility?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Need Help Booting Ubuntu via Boot Camp

    well i don't know why it says it is on partition 4 as it is clearly partition 3. The first partition is the EFI partition.

    There is nothing wrong with the partition table though and I would change anything. If you are asking about deleting Ubuntu, then you can just delete partitions 3 and 4 and get OSX to resize your OSX partition to fill the space.

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    Re: Need Help Booting Ubuntu via Boot Camp

    Thanks, i'll leave things as they are for the moment and brush up on Ubuntu as I'm a new user.

    Great support, cheers.

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