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    Vista doesn 't find a partiton to were to install
    I've been trying to install leopard + open_suse + vista on a Intel Macbook
    pro, and when i get to vista installation the setup doesn't recognize any
    partition where vista may be installed....

    sda
    1- rEFIt Partition
    2- Mac OS
    3- Suse
    4- Vista

    Note: I get to the last topic but than
    Vista installation the setup doesn't recognize any partition where vista
    may be installed....

    Can anyone help me please .. .

    Thkx

    Frederico
    -----------------""-------------""-------------


    I - folowed Ivan N. Zlatev BLoG
    http://i-nz.net/2007/05/14/apple-mac-triple-boot-howto/

    1 - Partitioning

    Boot from your Mac OS X CD 1 and use Disk Utility from the menu on top to
    create one partition for Mac OS X, one Unix type partition and one FAT32
    type partition. It appears that it is crucial to have the Windows partition
    as the last one, else Vista will complain and won’t even install and
    Windows XP will install, but will throw missing hal.dll error and won’t
    boot.

    2 - Install Mac OS X

    Install Mac OS X and update it to the latest version. Reboot and install
    rEFIt. Reboot and use the sync tool (called “Partition Tool” in the
    menu) in the rEFIt menu to sync MBR to GPT.

    3 - Install Windows Vista (setup NTFS partition)

    In Vista’s setup select the FAT32 partition, format it and install there.
    After the first reboot during the installation use rEFIt sync tool again.
    This is just to get the NTFS partition in place. Do not finish off the
    installation now, but rather procceed to the Linux installation. Windows
    won’t be able to boot after the sync anyway.

    4 - Install Linux (openSUSE)

    Crucial elements during the installation of openSUSE before the first
    reboot:

    * Install Linux (yes, everything) on the single UNIX type partition.
    Use custom partitioning to format the UNIX type partition to ext3 and set
    mount point to /. Do not create a swap partition and do not even think
    about resizing partitions.
    * Set the boot loader to LILO, because GRUB will fail to install.
    * Install the boot loader in the boot record for the partition. REFIt
    can boot it fine and also the master boot record will be free for Windows
    later on.
    * Remove the Windows entry from the lilo menu, because it causes
    LILO’s installation to fail.

    Unfortunatly for unknown reasons to me after the first reboot during the
    installation the MBR partitioning table will be gone, so one has to use
    rEFIt to resync GPT and MBR. This of course will break lilo’s previous
    setup, so we have to reinstall it before continuing the installation. This
    can be done by boot from the openSUSE cd/dvd again and once the setup has
    loaded Ctrl + Fx to a terminal. From that point on we have to mount the
    partition where we have Linux installed and rerun lilo:

    mkdir /media/suse;
    mount /dev/sda3 /media/suse
    mount --bind /dev /media/suse/dev
    chroot /media/suse
    lilo -v

    Reboot and resync GPT/MBR once more (so that rEFIT sets proper partition
    types) and then reboot for the last time. You should see OS X, Windows
    (won’t boot) and Linux icons in the rEFIt menu now. Select the Linux one
    and finish your openSUSE installation.

    5 - Install Windows Vista

    Run the Windows Vista installation from the start (again by formatting the
    partition) to end now. Do not sync MBR/GPT after!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapinarius View Post
    I've been trying to install leopard + open_suse + vista on a Intel Macbook
    pro, and when i get to vista installation the setup doesn't recognize any
    partition where vista may be installed....
    With a setup that complicated, it's no wonder Vista won't install.

    Why don't you save yourself some headaches and HD space and buy a copy of Parallels or Fusion and run Open Suse and Vista in a virtual machine. You can even add Ubuntu, XP or whatever later on. Much easier. Unless you're a serious gamer and need to run Vista from its own partition, that's what I recommend you do.

    Regards.

  3. #3


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    Issue solved, just needed to flag the right partition before installing vista.


    Vista couldn’t find a valid partition because its own must have the boot flag.

    Has installed OpenSuSE before Vista, the Linux partition will have
    the boot flag instead of the Vista one: Vista won't be able to set its flag until it’s changed manually using fdisk inside OSX. In OSX terminal type

    sudo fdisk

    print (see what number Vista partition is)

    flag # (where # is Vista partition number)

    write

    quit

    chscag,
    just one question , Parallels and Fusion are virtual machines so the performance should not be very good , right..

    thkx

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