iMac triple-boot (Part 2): OSs installation June 20, 2008Posted by idebian in Debian, GNU/Linux, MacOS, Windows.
Welcome back Guyz,
if you followed my part 1 guide on how to configure the iMAC for a typical triple boot configuration, we had just repartitioned the HD and installed the rEFIt boot manager.
We can now step on the Linux and Windows operating system installation.
3 – Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 “lenny” (64 bit) Installation
For my brand new iMac I’ve selected the upcoming 5.0 Debian release, codename “lenny“, 64 bit (amd64): lenny is still in testing stage but it will be released soon during this year.
Let’s download the lenny Beta2 Installer (amd64) netinsta CD image here and burn the ISO.
Note that the ISO can be burned directly within Mac OS X Disk Utility application: right click on the ISO file and select Open With … ‘Disk Utility’. In Disk Utility select the ISO in the left panel, click on the Burn button on top toolbar, insert a blank CD and you are set 😉
We can now restart and rEFIt shold present us a new icon with the Linux on the CD: select that icon and press Enter to start the Debian Installation. Let’s choose ‘Graphical Install’ and follow on with the setup process: I won’t go into all the installation steps, just pay attention to the following details:
In the partition manager menu, select ‘Manual’ Partitioning Method and click ‘Continue’: on the following screen select Partition #3 and click Continue.
Set-up the partition #3 to be used as the root device:
Once done select ‘Done setting up the partition’ and click ‘Continue’.
Now select Partition #5, click ‘Continue’ and set-up the partition #5 to be used as swap area:
Once done select ‘Done setting up the partition’ and click ‘Continue’. You should end-up with something like this:
Select ‘Finishing partitioning and write changes to disk’, click ‘Continue’ and proceed with the installation.
Select the LILO boot manager instead of GRUB, and install it in the Linux partition boot sector and not in the MBR: on the LILO menu just select /dev/sda3 as the ‘LILO installation target’ and click ‘Continue’.
When prompted reboot and we have a new icon the Linux OS on the rEFIt menu 😀
Before start Linux, make sure that the GPT and the MBR are aligned each other by selecting the proper icon on the second row of icons. Performs the synchronization and reboot with the icon on the bottom right.
From now on you can start Linux by selecting the penguin icon: isn’t that nice?
4 – Windows Vista (32 bit) Installation
The Windows Vista installation is also straightforward once we select the approriate target partition (/dev/sda4).
In order to do this we select the ‘Custom’ installation:
Selecting ‘Drive Options (Advanced)’ let us format the 4th partition; then select ‘Partition 4’ and click ‘Next’ to proceed with the installation.
Note that during the reboot that Windows performs we need to select the Windows on HD icon on the rEFIt menu.
Again at the end of the Vista installation we need to resynchronize the GPT table with the MBR as we did before.
5 – Finalization
Reboot in Mac OS X and verify that everything is fine on the partition side by executing the rEFIt ‘Partition inspector’ tools which is in Applications -> Utiliy folder.
As you may see there are both the GPT and the MBR entries synchronized each other.
The final results