MorphOS : : MorphOS and OSX dual boot installation guide for Mac Mini
Posted By: jacadcaps. on 2009/10/12 19:40:00
Following the release of MorphOS 2.4 for the Mac Mini, I have prepared a small PDF explaining how to install MorphOS along with Mac OS X on the Mac Mini on the same hard drive.

<span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Update:</span> A new version of the document has been published which includes additional information.</span>

Please note that this is an unofficial guide. Don't forget to visit http://dreamolers.binaryriot.org/ for updates. Good luck!
 
  • Butterfly
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    "Dziękuję bardzo" for this guide ! I'll add a news about it on Amigaimpact.org

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    Thanks for the guide Jacadcaps, I'm in the process of following your instructions now to set up my dual boot system (OSX + MOS2.4!)
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  • »2009/10/13 1:15
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    Does it also work with an already installed OSX somehow? Or is the partition order (1st boot files, 2nd MorphOS, 3rd OSX) mandatory? If possible, I would avoid reinstalling OSX.

    [ Edited by Andreas_Wolf On 2009/10/13 10:27 ]
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    Sure it does work. The partition order does not matter. Just create the partitions from under OSX (Leopard lets you resize OSX partitions).
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    >Sure it does work. The partition order does not matter. Just create the partitions from
    > under OSX (Leopard lets you resize OSX partitions).

    Worked very well. Thanks for your advice and guide.
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    Any hints how to get MorphOS booted as a first system?
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    Its possible to dual boot with just two partitions, too. e.g. when shrinking an existing OSX partition using the leopard installer.

    Just copy the mini boot.img to osx hfs+ partition using OSX itself. Then reboot using the MorphOS CD and modify the second partition/empty space to get MorphOS partitions and install to that partition.

    The only side effect is that you must install/update the boot.img (e.g. when updating to 2.5) by hand using OSX, as MorphOS cannot write HFS+ partitions.

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    @Geit

    Going the 2 partitions way will effectively break any future MorphOS updates and the users would have to install by hand.

    @All

    Do NOT do this, the IWizard WILL FAIL when installing.

    [ Edited by jacadcaps On 2009/10/14 9:16 ]
  • »2009/10/14 7:12
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    I think the only way is to tweak the OF's boot-command. I'll reinstall OSX on my Mini, try that and update the guide soon.
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    Thanks for the guide! I installed yesterday MorphOS 2.4 & OSX Leopard and everything works great! As for the speed - what can I say? Awesome! :pint:
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    Jaca: you are the man! I'm looking forward to hear news from you.
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    @ Jaca

    Thanks for your manual. It woked all well. Having OS X and MrorphOS an that maschine is really great! Will register MorphOS next days. It is really awsome.
    One little question though: Does anybody know what the 128MB partitions between the actually selected partions are good for? I mean this partitition tool of OS X seems to be pretty "special" (I wanted 5 partitions, but getting the layout that you actually want is not easy to obtain). In the end I repartitioned all other partitions exept the existing OS X and boot: partition using MorphOS' partition tool. Works way, way better. Got rid of the 128 MB partitions, too that way.
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  • »2009/10/14 12:36
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    @Zylesea

    Removing the padding 128MB partitions won't hurt MorphOS, but might cause problems with OS X.
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    Ah, I see. Until yet OS X boots fine. It resides on the last partition. Maybe I should have kept the 128MB between the last MorphOS partition and the OS X partition.
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    Hi,

    anyone knows why I can't have two (ore more) MorphOS boot partitions?

    I have two partitions marked as boot in HDConfig, but only one?(the first from left to right) is visible in the bootmenu (holding alt key)!?

    Isn't it possible to have two MorphOS boot partitions?
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    sorry for doublepost...

    [ Edited by igracki On 2009/10/15 14:41 ]
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    I don't know how did i managed that but MorphOS is a first system on my mac and if i want to go for OSX i have to hold alt and then choose OSX from the menu :)
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  • »2009/10/15 17:48
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    Quote:

    I have two partitions marked as boot in HDConfig, but only one?(the first from left to right) is visible in the bootmenu (holding alt key)!?


    None of them are visible. You boot from the HFS Boot: partition. To have multiple installations you have to have multiple boot.img partitions and add bootdevice to the boot parameters in bootinfo.txt.
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  • Order of the Butterfly
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    > I don't know how did i managed that but MorphOS is a first system on my mac and if i want to go for OSX i have to hold alt and then choose OSX from the menu :)

    Same had I (I also don't know how I did that;(, before booting into MacOS to install the Startup.prefPane to disable startup sound.

    After that, MacOS was first again;(((((

    Could you please boot into open firmware (windows+alt+o+f) and type "printenv" and make a picture and send it to me?

    Maybe we can find out which variables has to be changed to have MorphOS the default start volume!
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    Quote:
    Quote:
    I have two partitions marked as boot in HDConfig, but only one?(the first from left to right) is visible in the bootmenu (holding alt key)!?

    None of them are visible. You boot from the HFS Boot: partition. To have multiple installations you have to have multiple boot.img partitions and add bootdevice to the boot parameters in bootinfo.txt.

    Ok, I'll try that, is there a way to add a small string under the volume image like the OSX?
    Because under the MorphOS volume image isn't a string.

    And should the Boot: partition also have the 128MB partition before and after like the OSX partition?
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    Igracki: go through an updated manual from Jaca, it should help :)
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    Would yaboot work? I only have MorphOS installed but I would be interested in having Linux in addition to OSX and MorphOS
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    @Crumb:

    Sure it would. You can even make an OF boot-menu if you want. You'll have to figure it out yourself though.
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