A while back I used Bootcamp to install Windows 8 on my 2011 27' iMac. Accidentally using the Windows installer I overwrote Windows onto my OSX partition. Now I would like to install Ubuntu on to my second partition, I have used Wubi to install it and now im not sure where to go. I cannot install REFIT because I have no OSX partition and I cant access Ubuntu through holding option on boot. Which bootloader should I use?

  • Does Ubuntu not show in the Windows loader? Typically using WUBI, Ubuntu is added to the windows "longhorn" loader.
    – nerdwaller
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 2:32

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On a Mac that lacks an OS X installation, the best approach is typically to treat the computer as a BIOS machine: Use a BIOS-mode boot loader like LILO or GRUB and a Master Boot Record (MBR) partition scheme with no hint of a GUID Partition Table (GPT). On such a configuration, a WUBI-based installation should work, so if it's not working, you should describe precisely what's going wrong. You might also try running the Boot Info Script from a Linux emergency disc and post a link to the RESULTS.txt file that it creates. This will give us more information about how your disk is partitioned and what boot loaders are installed.

One more comment: Given your description of how you got to your current situation, I suspect you may have a damaged partition table, or at least one that could easily become damaged should you use the wrong tools on it. This is another reason to post the Boot Info Script's RESULTS.txt file, since it will reveal (to those who know how to read it) whether this is the case.

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