Mac Book Pro & Multiboot?

Well I thought this was going to be simple but it has been more challenging than I could have imagined. There are rumors and blogs of people who have been playing with Intel Macs and Solaris and so this is what I started googling for in my effort to find a solution. Up until now, everything I have heard has been black magic as I have yet been able to figure out how to make a Mac Book Pro multiboot with Solaris or OpenSolaris. What I found out was that Solaris 10 does not work with multiboot and mosts information suggests that multiboot will work with OpenSolaris Nevada.

My adventuring and search for a multiboot Mac Book Pro and Solaris solution eludes me sort of; as after building and rebuilding my Mac Book Pro through trail and error I finally got things sort of working but I do not completely understand understand how I got it working and in the process I broke Boot Camp. So back to the drawing board as I am starting from scratch again.

I was able to get things going using Allan Perry's Blog (http://blogs.sun.com/alanp/entry/setting_up_a_mac_mini) and Paul Mitchell's Blog (http://blogs.sun.com/paulm/entry/dual_partitioning_a_macbook_pro). But I could not repeat Paul Mitchell's steps exactly because I kept running into partitioning errors when I did my Solaris install. I got around my problems by rebooting my system in Solaris Nevada and deleting my Solaris partition and recreating it again in the Solaris using the interactive fdisk and not performing the suggested fdisk work around. My "Mac Frankenstein" was now alive! A multiboot system with Mac OS X, OpenSolaris Nevada Build 60, and a corupted Windows XP install that I think could have fixed but did not want to waste my time as I have started from scratch again.

When and if I ever get everything working again I will repost with all my steps once I better understand what I did.

Comments:

Have you tried parallels?

Posted by terry gardner on May 20, 2007 at 12:47 AM CDT #

Im curious to learn what works. I too am trying to multi-boot a macbook with OpenSolaris, WinXP Pro, FreeBSD, Ubuntu, and Vista.
Have you looked at VirtualBox by Sun, it seems like a great way to virtualize other systems without having to reboot, though I haven't successfully used it. If its worthwhile, I'll let you know how it goes for me too.

Posted by Natobyte on August 30, 2008 at 11:42 AM CDT #

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