How to multiboot a MacBook Pro with MacOS, Window XP and Solaris?


I am new convert to Mac and before embarking on this adventure I knew nothing about MAC OS X.
It was a bit of a challenge for me initially and frustrating as there are no cook books or
how to guides with all the steps on how to multi-boot a Mac Book Pro. So the first thing I
did was send out emails to different aliases and started to google things and read blogs to
better understand what was going on or at least try to pick up enough information to make this
thing work.

I basically learned through trial and error which only got me so far and I am grateful to Allan Perry
and Paul Mitchell for their blogs to help me get over the hump. Armed with
"Alan Perry's Blog"
"Paul Mitchell's Blog"

I was able to get over my EFI boot partition problem. Everytime after installing MAC OS X,
Windows XP and then I installed OpenSolaris something happen and would cause my EFI boot partition to
get blown away and wiped it clean. Following the steps in Pauls blog allows you to fool Solaris so that
it does not blow away and wipe clean the boot EFI partition.


Word to the wise, please read Pauls blog carefully as it is easy to get ahead of
yourself or skip steps that will come back to bite you, I got bit a couple of times myself and everytime
it caused me to start over from scratch which was not fun.


System Details
Mac Book Pro 2.33 Intel Core 2 Duo with 2G RAM; Boot ROM Version MBP22.00A5.B01; SMC Version 1.12f5
MacOS 10.4.9 has been installed on a single partition and the latest OS and Firmware have been installed using
the Mac OS X "Software Upate" program version 2.0.8.

I have a second MacOS instance + updates on a Maxtor OneTouch III 500GB external hard drive
that supports Firewire 800 to make changes to my Internal HD and to copy back and restore data.
I am also installing OpenSolaris Nevada Build 60 DVD and Windows XP Professional.

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