Sunday, November 9, 2008

Dual boot mac os and windows vista on HP dv6200 laptop

this is something i wanted to do along time ago
i searched allot and tried many times to find the best solution for my laptop
first this is my laptop configuration
model :HP dv6200cto
Processor: intel core2duo T7200 2GHz
Ram : 26g
Harddisk : sata 120GB
Sound : Conexant
Wireless : intel pro 3945ABG
VGA : nividia 7400
network : Intel pro/1000 PL

remember you may loose all your files, so you need to backup all

1- install windows vista
i installed windows vista on a 30GB partition
2- create partition for Mac OS
i created a 20GB partition formatted fat32 for macos
3- download the MAC os
you can get it from here
4- burn the downloaded iso image to a dvd
5- install Mac OS
boot from the dvd, in my case i had to press ESC key and select boot from cdrom
if the boot from cd work then you get this on your screen

White Apple Screen
it will take some time so dont worry you can hear the dvd spinning
A gray screen will load with a cursor or colorful pinwheel in the upper left corner. Then a Blue iDeneb screen will appear:

iDeneb Screen
Then the language selection screen will appear (English for this tutorial):
Language Selection

Loading Screen:


Welcome Screen:

Welcome Screen

Now it gets more complicated. You need to format the hard drive at this point in the installation. To do this, go to the Utilities button on the upper OS X bar as pictured below. Then go to Disk Utilities.

Disk Util 1

The disk utility will come up. Click on your created partition for MAC OS you created it from windows (for me it's disk0s2)and then click the erase tab:

Disk Util 2

Click on the Volume Format drop down menu. I always use Mac OS Extended Journaled. Then name the partition whatever you would like.
(you may need to do the eras on 2 steps first erase it as fat then as mac os)
Once that is accomplished (It may take some time depending on your hard drive size and system configuration) click the red x button to exit the Disk Utility and return to the installation Welcome screen.

Welcome Screen 2
now to the work to make dual boot
-select from the menu, Utilities -> Terminal. You will get to the tiny command line of Darwin (as someone said: don't panic, the terminal is your friend!)

-Then type: "diskutil list" (as always, without quotes). Keep note of the EXACT DISK/PARTITION where your MacOSX partition is, it will be something like: disk0s2 (Disk 0, partition #2 here).

-Then type "fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0". The 0 is the number following the "disk" in disk0s2.

-Then type "p", it will list the partitions of this HDD. Verify the number of your MacOSX partition just be sure that it will be your OS X system partition.

-Type: "flag 2" where the 2 is the partition # in the "disk0s2".

This will mark your partition as the active partition for the boot sequence at PC start-up.

-Type: "write" to write your changes (it will ask you if it's OK to set the changes on the next reboot, indeed, say Yes).

-Type: "exit" to exit fdisk program.

-Type: "exit" to exit Terminal.

-Close terminal with Command (ALT)-Q.

iDeneb's changelog will appear, click Agree:


Then the following screen will appear telling you where you can install Leopard. It should show the partition and hard drive you just formated. If it does not then something went wrong in the formating process, but don't worry, you can still go to the Disk Utility and try it again. (Please note that in this photo an external hard drive icon is used, unless you are installing on an external drive, a hard drive icon should appear)

Install Location

Click continue and the Install Summary page comes up:

Install Summary

You MUST Click Customize!! If you do not, your install probably will not work. The Customize screen will show you several options that you will need to select or de-select based on your own hardware configuration. If your first install does not work correctly, chances are you need to choose different options in the Customize screen

i selected the following:

- Additional Fonts

- X11

- Kernel SSE3

- Patches --> vga --> nividia -->

- All Applications

Customize Installation

Click Done and return to the Installation Summary Page:

Install Summary

The installer will now check the disk.

Disk Check

it is installing!

Installing Leopard

Once this is complete a green circle with a checkmark comes up saying that the Installation was successful. You will need to restart the computer and after it goes through the Darwin Bootloader, another Apple loading screen appears:

Glorious Green Checkmark!

Apple Screen

Now all you need to do is set up the Mac os Basics.

Select your keyboard:

Keyboard Selection

Do you already own a mac screen:

Own a mac?

How do you connect to the internet screen:

Connect screen

Enter registration information:


A few more questions:

More Questions

Account Creation screen:

Account Creation

If you chose to not connect to the internet, this screen about not forgetting to register might appear:

Don't Forget!

The iDeneb loading screen:

iDeneb Loading Screen

You now have Mac OS loaded onto my Laptop.


to boot to windows

- start the laptop

- then in the boot menu click any key and select windows then press enter

well that is all, i'll need to play sometime with the MAC OS installed

my next step is to try to install ubuntu and make the boot to any of the three