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    So soon I plan on building my hackintosh. I want to make sure I understand everything there is to know first. Now, after I have completed the building of my computer, what do I install first? Do I changed the bios and then install snow leopard, then partition and install windows 7? Or do I install windows 7 first and then partition and install snow leopard? Also, I know there are certain codes that have to go along with the snow leopard install, which is the best/most recommended to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blah101 View Post
    So soon I plan on building my hackintosh. I want to make sure I understand everything there is to know first. Now, after I have completed the building of my computer, what do I install first? Do I changed the bios and then install snow leopard, then partition and install windows 7? Or do I install windows 7 first and then partition and install snow leopard? Also, I know there are certain codes that have to go along with the snow leopard install, which is the best/most recommended to use?

    ~Blah
    Hi there,
    What motherboard did you get?
    Glad that you ask this question. So many dual booting problems are resulted from the very first step.

    1. Create disk with MBR type. Partitioning hard drive FIRST with 2 PRIMARY partitions, format NTFS for wins and fat32 for OSX.

    2. Install Win7 first, so it won't have problem with sleep. It will create 2 primary partitions for itself, but your partition table is already written in step one so it won't touch your OSX partition.

    3. Then install your SL by whatever method you wish to its assigned Primary partition, so Chameleon bootloader can be used to boot both of your Win7 and OSX.

    Hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Last edited by ratvn; 05-21-2010 at 07:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratvn View Post
    Hi there,
    What motherboard did you get?
    Glad that you ask this question. So many dual booting problems are resulted
    I am planning on getting the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Quote Originally Posted by ratvn View Post
    1. Create disk with MBR type. Partitioning hard drive FIRST with 2 PRIMARY partitions, format NTFS for wins and fat32 for OSX.
    When you say create a disk with MRB type, is this done in the bios? And when I do the first partition with two primary, is that also done in the bios?

    Last, I just wanted to mention that I was planning on using the guide on Lifehacker to do my OSX booting, would you recommend that guide?

    Thanks,
    Blah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blah101 View Post
    I am planning on getting the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard



    When you say create a disk with MRB type, is this done in the bios? And when I do the first partition with two primary, is that also done in the bios?

    Last, I just wanted to mention that I was planning on using the guide on Lifehacker to do my OSX booting, would you recommend that guide?

    Thanks,
    Blah
    Hi there,
    No, not in BIOS unless it came with utility. Anytime, you have a new disk then you will need to initialize/create new disk (can be GPT or MBR and/or Hybrid), and since it's for windows and OSX, the best disk scheme is MBR with primary partitions. You can use your windows/Linux/OSX, LiveCD Linux Gparted or whatever utility to create and format your new drive. But this is the very first step before installing your windows7. The reason is windows7, by default usually, during installation would create 3 partitions for itself and so your OSX will be the 4th one. By default of MBR rules, it is very hard to make it into primary partition type, and if not, your Chameleon bootloader would fail to boot either OS.

    Yes, you can use Lifehacker method to install OSX for now, but after getting into OSX, there is a much better way to make your system almost vanilla, almost like the real mac OSX.

    Regards,
    Last edited by ratvn; 05-21-2010 at 02:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratvn View Post
    Hi there,
    No, not in BIOS unless it came with utility. Anytime, you have a new disk then you will need to initialize/create new disk (can be GPT or MBR and/or Hybrid), and since it's for windows and OSX, the best disk scheme is MBR with primary partitions. You can use your windows/Linux/OSX, LiveCD Linux Gparted or whatever utility to create and format your new drive. But this is the very first step before installing your windows7. The reason is windows7, by default usually, during installation would create 3 partitions for itself and so your OSX will be the 4th one. By default of MBR rules, it is very hard to make it into primary partition type, and if not, your Chameleon bootloader would fail to boot either OS.

    Yes, you can use Lifehacker method to install OSX for now, but after getting into OSX, there is a much better way to make your system almost vanilla, almost like the real mac OSX.

    Regards,
    So if I understand you, I should do the following. After I set the bios, I should then start up the computer with the OS X disc in the drive. While running the installer I should make a partition that cuts the disc in half (500 GB each because I am using a 1TB HD). Make sure it is a GUID partition. Install Snow Leopard. Then reboot on the other drive and this time have the windows install disc in the drive. Run the windows 7 installer and choose the empty partition. Then go back to the Mac OS X partition and make it more venilla (I will have to learn what to do to make it "more venilla" after I actually get past the installation part).

    Sorry if I seem to not get the concept, this is the first time I am building a hackintosh and everything so I want to make sure that everything I am doing is correct before I actually do it.

    Please correct me if I am doing something wrong in the steps above. Thanks again for your time!

    ~Blah


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    Hi,
    I think you got it backward now
    Yes, first couple times are not easy.

    You can review my post #2, in which I had the steps numbered.

    You'll be doing well, so just try it.

    Good luck.
    Regards,

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    Hi,
    I don't think that is what I suggested

    You can review it again on my post #2, in which I had the steps numbered.

    Good luck.
    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratvn View Post
    Hi,
    I don't think that is what I suggested

    You can review it again on my post #2, in which I had the steps numbered.

    Good luck.
    Regards,
    Ah ok, re-read what you posted. Sorry about the misunderstanding. So from the way I understand your second post, when I turn on the computer (no OS installed yet) I will have to format the drive by default, and then pop in the install disk for windows (after I have partitioned the drive into one with NTFS for windows and one fat32 for mac). If this is incorrect, then the part I am not understanding is how to format the drive with out the OS installed. Thanks again for all your help

    ~Blah

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    Hi,
    Yes, partition/format without OS.
    You can use anything at your disposal, connecting to another computer with windows or other os, using Linux LiveCD, OSX install disc etc...

    Good luck.

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratvn View Post
    Hi,
    Yes, partition/format without OS.
    You can use anything at your disposal, connecting to another computer with windows or other os, using Linux LiveCD, OSX install disc etc...

    Good luck.

    Regards,
    Oh that makes more sense. Alright so I think I finally get it. Boot up my to be hackintosh, no OS installed, and connect it via firewire/usb to my macbook. Then use disc utility on my mac book to format the drive the way that was listed earlier. THEN install windows 7 on my to be hackintosh on the first partition, and then reboot and install OS X with the lifehacker guide. Did I get it right this time?

    ~Blah101


 

 
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