How To Dual Boot Ubuntu Gutsy And Mac OSX Leopard 10.5.1

For the past weeks, I have been researching and testing out the possibility of dual-booting Mac OSX Leopard alongside my Ubuntu Gutsy on my laptop. It hasn’t been an easy task. Most of the guides out there are mainly about dual-booting Vista/XP and Mac OSX and are of little help. My laptop has been through many rounds of partitioning, formatting, installing using various OSx86 version before I finally get Mac Leopard to work perfectly, alongside with Ubuntu Gutsy (Yes, you hear me right…it works perfectly, even the airport, sound card and graphics). The OSX86 patched release that I am using is iATKOS

“iATKOS is one of the first FULLY patched Leopard v10.5.1 releases. It is also known to have a preinstalled complied efi which means that you can install legit Apple Updates without downloading any patches or 3rd party software and also you can stop worrying about reboots hanging on the “Loading Darwin” screen.” – InsanelyMac Forum


  1. The tutorial works for my laptop configuration. I can’t guarantee that it will work on yours.
  2. The patched release that I am using is only for Intel system with SSE2/3. If you are using AMD system, this guide is not for you.
  3. I shall not be responsible for any loss of data, and in the worst case, crash of your PC. Please backup all your data before you proceed with any of the steps below and do it at your own risk.


Before we start, it is assumed that you are operating from one hard disk and have Ubuntu Gutsy already installed in the disk.

What you need:

  1. Ubuntu Gutsy Live CD – Get the .iso at Ubuntu download and burn it into a CD
  2. iATKOS_v1.0ir2.iso – There are two versions to this: iATKOS_v1.0i and iATKOS_v1.0ir2. Get the one with the ‘r2′ behind. The file size is 2.44gb. Source for it in Google. Burn the image to a DVD.
  3. pc_efi_v80.tar.bz2 – This is essential for configuring the grub. Download and place it in your Gutsy’s home folder. (Google the term ‘pc_efi_v80.tar.bz2′ and you should be able to find the download site.)

Let get started!

Creating a partition for Mac OSX

1. Back up your data, especially the /boot/grub folder. (Resizing your hard disk can cause data loss. Please back up all data before you proceed)

2. Go to your BIOS (check out your system user manual for the button to access your BIOS during bootup). Change the first boot device to your DVD-ROM Drive.

3. Insert the Ubuntu Live CD into the DVD ROM and reboot the PC.

4. Boot into Ubuntu (Select “Start or Install Ubuntu” in the boot up screen and wait for it to finish loading)

5. Open System->Administration->Partition Editor.

6. Select the partition that is installed with Ubuntu Gutsy. Click Resize/Move.

7. Enter the new file size. (iATKOS needs a minimum of 5GB for installation, so make sure that you have at least 5GB of free space after resizing). Click OK

8. Back to the GParted screen, you should now see a partition of free space that is unallocated. Click on it and select “New”. Allocate all the available space and format as FAT32. (Do not select any other format except FAT32).

9. Once you are done with the configuration, click ‘Apply’ to finalize changes. You should now have a ext3 partition that contains your Gutsy and a FAT32 partition. (You should also see a swap partition. Don’t touch that. It is necessary for Gutsy to run.)

10. Exit GParted and restart the PC.

Installing Mac OSX

11. The PC will eject the Live CD. Remove the Live CD and replace with the iATKOS DVD. Press ENTER to reboot the PC.

12. You should now see a darwin load screen . When it prompted you to install Mac OSX, press ENTER.

13. Wait. After some time, if nothing goes wrong, you should see the Leopard installation screen with a red apple.

14. Press the “–>” on the screen

15. In the next screen, go to Utilities->Disk utility

16. On the left side of the window, you should see the various partitions all greyed out.

17. Select the partition with the FAT32 format. Click on Erase on the right hand side, and under the format options select “MAC OSX Journaled Extended” and click Erase. This will format the FAT32 partition to HFS format. Once the disk is erased and formatted, you can see that the partition is now active (in bold) on the left hand side while rest of the partitions are still greyed out.

18. Exit the Disk utility. This will bring you back to the installation screen. Click Agree and continue.

19. In the next screen, you need to select the partition for installation. It should only show one partition (the one we formatted just now). Select that and click OK.

20. Sit back as the installation goes on for some 20-30 mins based on your RAM. (Note: Don’t click on customize and select unnecessary patches, drivers etc, The plain install will do.)

First Login to Mac OSX

21. Once the installation finishes, restart the PC without removing the installer DVD. You need it to boot into Mac OSX.

22. When the PC restarts, don’t click anything, even when you are prompted to install Mac. After a while, you should see the grey apple screen and then the beautiful MAC OS startup screen with welcome message.

23. Follow through the series of steps to set up your account. Once finished, you should have a functional MAC Leopard in your desktop. Depending on your hardware, the sound card and airport might/might not work. My sound card and airport work right out of the box.

Configure the boot option

Now that your Mac OSX installation is completed, we need to configure the boot so that you don’t have to boot from the installer disk everytime.

24. Remove the DVD from the drive and restart the PC.

25. Boot back to your Ubuntu. You should have no problem in booting back to Gutsy. (If Gutsy can’t boot due to corruption in the grub bootloader, reboot from the Live CD and restore the /boot/grub folder from your backup.)

26. In your Gutsy home folder, extract the pc_efi_v80.tar.bz2

27. In the extracted folder, copy boot_v8 to /boot folder (require administrator access). In terminal,

sudo cp /pc_efi_v80/boot_v8 /boot

28. Open the menu.lst in /boot/grub folder. In terminal,

sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

look for hiddenmenu and replace it with #hiddenmenu

29. Next, look for something like

title Ubuntu 7.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
root (hd0,x)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxx ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic

*Depending on your partition configuration, you might see something like (hd0,2) or (hd1,0).

Insert the following line below it:

title Mac OSX Leopard
kernel (hd0,x)/boot/boot_v8

*change the ‘x’ to the number shown as above.

30. Save and exit.

31.Now, reboot the PC.

32. In the boot up screen, there should be options to boot up Ubuntu 7.10 or Mac OSX Leopard. Select Mac OSX Leopard. You should be able to boot into Mac OSX

Access Ubuntu partition from Mac OSX

Mac OSX does not recognise ext3 format by default and it is not able to read/write to your Ubuntu partition. To access Ubuntu partition from Mac OSX, install Mac OS X Ext2 Filesystem

Access Mac partition from Ubuntu

Accessing Mac partition from Ubuntu gutsy is easier. Install hfsplus and hfsutils

sudo apt-get install hfsplus hfsutils


Special thanks to those that make this guide possible:

InsanelyMac Forum

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