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Why does bootcamp on Leopard never seem to work for me?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:29 pm    Post subject: Why does bootcamp on Leopard never seem to work for me? Reply with quote

I've unboxed 2 mac mini's and had problems with both. Allow me to describe.

Today I unboxed a new mac mini, booted, configured tiger, ran the "drop-in" leopard upgrade, ran the utility to search for new software, installed all the new software rebooted where necessary then ran boot camp. I chose to leave 20gb for the mac partition and 85 for the windoes partition. It said it was "partitioning" and about 5 minutes later I got a "kernal panic" that said I had to power off. After that leopard booted and boot camp says there is not enough disk space to install.

I'm in the process right now of re-installing tiger, to then install leopard to then try again.

What is happening here? Couldn't be more straight forward, but I seem to be doing something wrong.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After the Tiger / Leopard re-install I did the following:

1. I did NOT apply any software updates to Leopard

2. I ran Boot Camp and used Divide Equally for partition

Worked without problems. Wonder what it was?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the answer is that you divided equally. It's just a guess, but I suspect you died the first time due to only leaving 20 GB for Mac OS X. Discussions on the Apple site suggest that considerable disk space is needed during the partitioning process, and if so maybe 20 GB just wasn't big enough. If you're happy with a 50:50 split, great, otherwise you might un-partition and try another size or two between 20 and half.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI:

Your 'drop in' DVD is full Leopard - dont install Tiger first and upgrade - use the Drop in DVD from scratch and fully install leopard - leave the other 'tiger' disc in it's sleeve.

I know its sounds odd - even the installer goes on about it being an upgrade DVD, but it isn't.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:13 am    Post subject: Re: Why does bootcamp on Leopard never seem to work for me? Reply with quote

roveer1 wrote:
I've unboxed 2 mac mini's and had problems with both. Allow me to describe.

Today I unboxed a new mac mini, booted, configured tiger, ran the "drop-in" leopard upgrade, ran the utility to search for new software, installed all the new software rebooted where necessary then ran boot camp. I chose to leave 20gb for the mac partition and 85 for the windoes partition. It said it was "partitioning" and about 5 minutes later I got a "kernal panic" that said I had to power off. After that leopard booted and boot camp says there is not enough disk space to install.

I'm in the process right now of re-installing tiger, to then install leopard to then try again.

What is happening here? Couldn't be more straight forward, but I seem to be doing something wrong.

Roveer


I had Kernel Panic and had to power off/on too when creating a 10GB Windows partition. That was my second attempt, first attempt said I had some unmoveable files so the partition could not be created (my hard disk is pretty full and I have a couple of 8GB VMWare VMs so large files to move about during the partitioning process). After the KP error, Leopard reported that I had 10GB less free space, but Disk Utility only showed the Mac OS partition.

Found a solution when Googling. First, I had to boot from the Leopard DVD and run the REPAIR option in Disk Utility (which only is selectable when booting from the DVD). Took about 10 minutes to check and repaired an error. After that, my 10GB was added back onto the free space.
The Bootcamp failing to partition issue can be fixed by then using Disk Utility to shrink your Mac OS partition size down by an amount that is slightly more than the size of Windows partition you want to create (e.g. you have 114GB Mac OS partition and you want to create a 20GB Windows partition, so you shrink your Mac OS partition down to 90GB). THEN, you INCREASE the Mac OS partition back up to original size (i.e. from 90GB to 114GB). After doing this, that chunk of free space is effectively cleared out completely, so Bootcamp works perfectly creating the 20GB for Windows.
At least, that was the instruction I found on Google and it worked for me.

With my Windows Sysadmin hat on, I expect I could have just shrunk the Mac OS partition, then manually created a FAT partition instead of growing the Mac OS partition back to its original size, so saving some time, but being a Mac newbie, I thought better of presuming I knew better than Apple exactly what Bootcamp was doing Wink

Apparently, the KP error is a new 'feature' in 10.5.2
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