Umm... Help.

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  1. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    Alright, so I downloaded Ubuntu 8.10 to my computer and then properly burned it to a DVD (Yes, I checked, the ISO is fully extracted on the DVD).

    I turned off my MacBook, held c during the boot logo, and it launched into Ubuntu. I followed the setup instructions and continued. It asked me to reboot. I did.

    Ubuntu didn't install correctly and OS X was overwritten. I partitioned my HD, and I had to completely reformat by OS X restore disk and Disk Utility. Yes, my HD was partitioned as in Disk Utility there were 2 partitions! So yeah...

    Before I try it again, I want to know what I did wrong.
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    Did you install it on the right partition?
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    Teslanaut Well-Known Member

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    Little note. Even IF you install Ubuntu, you can't boot into it via the Boot Loader because Macs aren't designed to detect it. You need to get rEFIt to detect the Linux partition via rEFIt's customized boot loader. With it, you can even change the pictures of the Ubuntu drive and the Windows drive.

    The easiest way to install Linux is to install Windows first and use WUBI to install Ubuntu. That way you can boot into the Windows partition and then boot into Ubuntu via the Windows Boot Loader.
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    This is all correct. Spoon, try this.
  5. Ryan

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    owch, did you lose all your stuff from your mac partition?

    I have just installed ubuntu by duel booting from vista works perfectly, make sure you manualy partition it, dont let ubuntu do it.
  6. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    Yeah, I lost everything.
    And yes, I partitioned from Disk Utility in OS X.
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    like tes said... installing ubuntu on windows is different from mac. You need the bootloader to recognize that OS X is installed since normally the ubuntu bootloader is normally seeing an NTFS partition with windows and not an OS X partition
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    Are you sure the OSX partion was overwritten or could you just not boot into it?
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    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    It was overwritten. When I checked on it in the Restore Disk Utility, it took up no space.

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