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kaltag
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2004 8:32 am    Post subject: Partitioning problem Reply with quote

Good morning, I'm trying to get gentoo on my 12" powerbook and I think I'm having a problem with the partitioning. If I boot from the livecd and partition like the guide says I get an error that I can't delete the 1st partition because that is the map partition and then whn I'm done partitioning I go back and try to install OSX and it doesn't see any of the partitions so I use disk utility and it turns all 3 partitions into HFS and destroys the bootstrap partition so I ahve to go back to the liveCD to fix it and then OSX can't see the partitions!!! I seem to be stuck in a loop here. Am I missing something? Someone here that is dual booting has to know how they did it :D. Desperate for help and it is greatly appreciated. BTW there is no data ont he drive so I can partition and format all day without caring about saving anything.
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2004 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'm a noob myself, but AFAIK, the very first partition needs to be a small hfsplus part; that's where the Apple drivers reside (so your computer will be able to "see" the hard disk at all). So what you need to do is this (I think):
1. fire up Apple's Disk Utility. Partition. Make the first part "free space" (that's where your Gentoo installation will go); the second part hfsplus.
2. boot from the livecd; run mac-fdisk. You will see that your disk actually has (at least) three partitions; there is a small partition in front of the two you created in step 1. This first one is small and hfsplus; leave it alone. The second chunk should be "free space." That's where you'll begin to partition with mac-fdisk (refer to handbook).
That's it!

Here's the output of my "mac-fdisk p":
Code:

/dev/sda1     Apple_partition_map Apple                     63 @ 1         ( 31.5k)  Partition map
/dev/sda2         Apple_Bootstrap bootstrap               1600 @ 64        (800.0k)  NewWorld bootblock
/dev/sda3         Apple_UNIX_SVR2 swap                 1048576 @ 1664      (512.0M)  Linux swap
/dev/sda4         Apple_UNIX_SVR2 root                81788928 @ 1050240   ( 39.0G)  Linux native
/dev/sda5              Apple_Free Extra                1309120 @ 82839168  (639.2M)  Free space
/dev/sda6               Apple_HFS Apple_HFS_Untitled_3 228433504 @ 84148288  (108.9G)  HFS
/dev/sda7              Apple_Free                           16 @ 312581792 (  8.0k)  Free space
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2004 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, it works. I was desperate about this problem and really appreciate your help. Thank you!
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2004 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome. It's a pleasure to help polite people who remember to say "thank you."
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