Dual boot OSX-XP


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First, I'm an idiot, but I speak English. Let that be said.

I have a Dell Mini 10v and am trying to install OSX 10.6 and XP before a meet tomorrow.

I have tried it a number of ways: OSX first, XP first, chain0, chameleon to no avail. One of my worries is that Netbook Installer 0.8.4 RC1 is complicating the process by re-writing the MBR and adding an EFI partition.

The mini has been running OSX 10.6.2 for a year or more so I know that's not the problem.

I imagine it's a small argument with the MBR and OSX, or Chameleon and installing on GUID or MBR, but again, I'm an idiot.

All humility in advance.


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Yes, but not even getting that far.

160 GB disk

- Format using GParted, two "equal" sized partitions. One NTFS and one HFS+
- Install XP and replace boot loader with a Vista/7 boot loader.
- Try to install OS X on HFS partition and it requires a format of the entire drive with a GUID base. (Negating XP install)

That's where it stops.

Other try is:
- Format again using GParted the same way. Two partitions. NTFS and HFS+
- Install OS X (This apparently installs another 200Mb partition for EFI)
- Install XP. Gets to the first boot to go to GUI install and stalls.
- Cannot boot into XP regardless of device,drive, partition. Sometimes missing hal, others incorrect drive configuration. Regardless, the XP install is a brick.

That's where this stops. My only guess on this one is something to do with the EFI partition, and XP not liking to be on the third partition. (Just a guess)

Not sure what I'm forgetting or missing here. I've had many machines dual booting in Vista and 7 with your wonderful software, but I don't think I ever tried it with XP.

I'm sure that it's something that that will make me laugh once I see it, but it's still eluding me.

Thank you very much for your help.
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Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Hi Toad,

We don't provide support on the actual installation of OS X as a matter of policy, but I can tell you that you need to install it to an MBR-only disk for best results. EFI and legacy operating systems like XP are not supported.

Also, EasyBD won't run unless you have Vista or Windows 7 somewhere in the mix.