Triple boot your MacBook Pro :)


This is a step by step guide to installing Mac OSX10.6, Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows XP.


  • MacBook Pro 5,5


  • Mac OSX 10.6
  • Ubuntu 10.04
  • Windows XP


  • Fresh installed Mac OSX 10.6
  • Update system; with the time writing this post the version is 10.6.7
  • Partition disks
        # splite the entire disk to 3 parts, 87.7G for Mac, 20G for Ubuntu, 20G for Windows
        $ sudo diskutil resizeVolume disk0s2 87.7G "Journaled HFS+" "Ubuntu" 20G "MS-DOS FAT32" "XP" 20G
  • Insert Windows XP and restart with key `c` pressed
  • Choose the last partition and install
  • During the installation when reboot make sure you press the option key to choose Windows
  • When finished boot into OSX
  • Install refit, an EFI Boot Menu and Toolkit
  • In terminal do the following
        # enable always
        $ /efi/refit/
        # open config file and change time to 0
        $ vi /efi/refit/refit.conf
  • Replace Windows XP with Ubuntu 10.04lst installation cd
  • Reboot with key `c` pressed
  • Keep processing until partitioning the disk
  • Press `FN+CTRL+ALT(OPTION)+F2` to enter command mode
  • Backup Windows boot info
        $ sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/tmp/sda.mbr bs=512 count=1
  • Press `FN+CTRL+ALT(OPTION)+F7` to exit
  • Choose the last method( manual install )
  • Choose partition3
  • Keep processing until the last step(8/8), choose advance to set to /dev/sda3
  • When finish installing, before restart
  • Press `FN+CTRL+ALT(OPTION)+F2` to enter command mode again
  • Restore Windows boot info
        $ sudo dd if=/tmp/sda.mbr of=/dev/sda
  • Press `FN+CTRL+ALT(OPTION)+F7` to exit
  • Build SWAP image
  • Boot into Ubuntu and do the following
        # switch to root
        $ sudo su
        # create a 100 MB blank file
        $ dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1M count=1024
        # setup file as swap
        $ mkswap /swapfile
        # enable swapfile
        $ swapon /swapfile
        # show swap
        $ swapon -s
  • Done!!!


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