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I have done this myself. First install REFIt, an utility for dual/triple booting. It adds a useful selection of OSes on startup. It also includes a EFI/MBR fixing tool which is very useful. You might need to restart 2 times. Using the Disk Utility, add 2 more partitions to your disk. Format them FAT or FAT32. Restart your machine, and this time, assuming you ...


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No, rEFIt is software and therefore should not affect the hardware warranty. However, if you're concerned about that and want to avoid trouble (there's always the odd thickheaded customer service rep, even at Apple), you can simply wipe your drive and do a clean OS X reinstall before you send your machine in for service (and restore from backup once you get ...


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Yes, certainly. Removing the original drive will leave it exactly as it was before.


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Another option: Get a fast external hard drive with a USB 3 or Thunderbolt interface, and install a second instance of Mac OS X on it. Boot from Mac OS X on the external hard drive, and use it to create a BootCamp partition on the external drive, and install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on that. At bootup, with the Option key held down, you could select whether ...


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First install rEFInd, and boot Ubuntu installer after. Enable "Boot after power failure" by adding next line to /etc/rc.local: `setpci -s 0:1f.0 0xa4.b=0` Install mac fan control: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mactel-support/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y macfanctld applesmc-dkms For SSD tunning (you have to adapt to your config) here ...


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Start up in single-user mode and remove reFIT Shut down your Mac if it is on. Press the power button to start the computer. Immediately press and hold ⌘+S for single-user mode. At the prompt, type /sbin/fsck -fy Press Enter or Return key to execute the command. Text will start updating the progress...if there is damage, the final line will say ...


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If you disable journaling for the Macintosh partition (in order to access files from within Linux) this should work: hold ⌥ upon boot select Recovery HD OR boot from Mac install DVD/USB open Disk Utility. Select Macintosh HD. Hold ⌥ and click on File. Select Disable Journaling. boot from a Linux Live CD. Open root terminal. delete ...


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I had the same exact issue with my MacBook Pro and I have rEFInd installed as well. I resolved the problem disabling the autopoweroff option with pmset. See this answer.


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You will need to edit the rEFIt configuration file. Since version 0.14, the configuration file has supported adding a default boot selection, as documented in the news section of the website. However, there isn't very clear documentation on how exactly to do this on rEFIt's website. You could just open the conf file, or view the default on their SVN repo ...


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The question on this page appears to be the same issue. Someone responded with a detailed solution, which might work for you as well.


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Assuming you have rEFIt installed on one of the partitions on the hard drive, the following steps should remove the delay: Boot via the Mac OS X Install DVD/USB. Launch Terminal (Utilities Menu). Enter diskutil list to list all available disks and partitions. Looking at the list of partitions for "disk0" (internal drive), identify the partition that ...


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Try to use dd: dd bs=4M if=path_to_iso of=path_to_usb && sync Replace path_to_iso and path_to_usb with appropriate paths.


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You're in luck! That machine will run Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, available from the Apple Store for $19.99. The Apple Store now has guaranteed next day delivery. Installing is very simple -- just insert the disk and hold down the c key on boot and follow the easy on screen instructions. Installation should only take 20-30 minutes. If you need help ...


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On the first boot after changing a drive it may take an extra couple of seconds for the new boot destination to be written to the PRAM, but it won't cause any issues.


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No. There is no option to change the background to an image, but you can set the color of the background to anything you like. This involves changing the 'banner' image (rEFIt logo by default). The background color will be set to the color of the top-left part of the banner image. Changing your banner image involves changing the rEFIt configuration file. ...


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Try to apply a PRAM Reset: Hold P+R+⌘+⌥ right after boot and wait till the MBP restarts. Then insert the install DVD and try to read it again. C will boot from the DVD ⌥ will let you choose your startup volume Click here for more startup key combinations.


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You could install a retail version of Windows on the Mac and migrate your data (which you would previously have backed up) onto it. Just mounting a Windows install that had been made on other hardware is pretty much doomed to failure. The correct hardware drivers won't be present and the existing ones wouldn't be correct for the hardware, for starters.


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If I remember correctly, holding down the button on the trackpad while booting will force-eject your optical drive. Have you tried that?


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They are on one of the installation disks that comes with your iMac. Also, I'm pretty sure the drivers get installed if you download and run a "Bootcamp Software Update for Windows" from Apple's support site. They are usually 200MB or up downloads that come packed with drivers for windows, so give it a try in case you can't find your cds.


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I had weird issues trying to get boot camp to load/run windows. Tried everything and it turned out to be the RAM. I put back in the factory RAM, installed boot camp, then put back my newer RAM after it worked. It may not be your issue, but thought I would try.


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If you want to prevent Macbook going from sleep mode into standby mode (dump RAM to SSD) too soon, you could also adjust by changing pmset's standbydelay value. sudo pmset -g to check current setting sudo pmset -a standbydelay [value] to update settting But instead of changing pmset configuration (which affects your battery life), try using the original ...


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I suggest that you use BootCamp for Windows 7, and virtualization for Ubuntu. Since Ubuntu requires so fewer system resources than Windows 7 or Mac OS X, your performance hit should be minimal, if noticeable at all. I would first destroy the BootCamp partition using the BootCamp Assistant, then recreate it and install Windows 7. Then install Ubuntu using ...


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You'll probably need to redo this setup and install Windows 7 before Ubuntu. I am pretty sure if you install Windows 7 it will take over the GRUB bootloader. There is an article on lifehacker that gives instructions on how to set this up http://lifehac.kr/ihVY4k


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At the moment there is no such option in rEFIt. It has been requested, but there has been no acknowledgement of implementing it. You could always participate in developing the application and thus getting the feature implemented :)



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