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Old 12-04-2006, 03:24 PM   #1
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Question Installing Ubuntu 6.10 to dual Boot on Powerbook...

I would like to welcome myself to the group and hope to have a long stay as well - I wish my first post would be something to add to the community but I am new at all this, but a quick learner...

I know my question has been asked quite a bit, but I am still having issues - I am going to be as detailed as possible to try and get this answered.

My Goal:

To dual boot OS X Server and Ubuntu 6.10 on my Powerbook G4 with OS X as the defaul system to load with yaboot.

My Hardware:

Powerbook G4, 1024MB RAM, 80GB HDD

I have tried this 3 times with outcomes ranging from my current OS X install being replaced by Ubuntu to trying to install onto another partition and the installer telling em that there is no boot partition. I have tried using the ext3, hfs and fat32 filessystems, but I truly think I am missing a step...

I currently went back to square 1... I needed to get my laptop running with OSX so I did the following:

made two partitions 1 x 70GB partition using HFS (journaling disabled) for my OS X install and 1 x 10GB partition using HFS (journaling disabled) for the Ubuntu install when I can firgure this out.

I would like to install Ubuntu on the 10GB partition without touching the OS X partition.

I know there are 3 options when I am ready to install.

1) use the whole drive on IDE1 (my hdd) this obviously erases everything - I don't want that.

2) Is to use the most contiguous (spelling? sorry) free space - I don't think this option is for me with the situtation I want.

3) Edit partitions - is this where I need to be

I am assuming it is possible to do this - there are people that are dual booting on a mac...

Just to clarify I am running the PowerPC version of ubuntu 6.10 and it loads perfectly fine on the CD... Just having issues getting it up and running...

I apologize once again for this newbie question again, but I really am trying here.

Thanks for any replies in advance!
Old 12-07-2006, 09:18 PM   #2
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the no bootloader message is a bug, just ignore it. you need a ~1 MB hfs bartition with the bootflag. Expresso (Ubuntu installer) does not detect the boot flag, and thus spits the error message out. I have Ubuntu along with 10.4 and 10.5 and Fedora core 6 on a puny 40 gig hd, and yaboot work flawlessly, even with the color modes in yaboot.conf.


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