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rEFIt Troubleshooting

Running multiple operating systems on an Intel Mac doesn’t always work as expected. Here are some common problems with explanations.

Installation

I just installed rEFIt, but the menu doesn’t show up.
It takes two reboots after using the package installer. More...
I rebooted twice, and the menu still doesn’t show up.
Other software on your Mac may be interfering with the Mac OS X shutdown sequence. More...
Can I use rEFIt with PGP Whole Disk Encryption?
Reportedly a manual install to the hidden bootstrap partition works. More...

The rEFIt Menu

My Bluetooth keyboard doesn’t work in the menu.
It takes a keypress and a few seconds to reconnect. More...
My Apple aluminum keyboard doesn’t work in the menu.
This is a known problem on older Intel Macs. More...
The Solaris partition shows up with a Linux icon!
It uses GRUB, and rEFIt can’t tell the difference. You can change the icon. More...

Booting

I can’t boot Windows/Linux from a USB hard disk.
This is not well-supported by Apple’s firmware. More...
I can’t boot Windows/Linux from the second internal hard disk.
This is not explicitly supported by rEFIt at this time. More...
I can’t boot Mac OS X from the RAID set.
This is not explicitly supported by rEFIt at this time. More...
Choosing Windows in the menu boots Linux!
You may have installed GRUB in the MBR instead of the partition boot record. More...
Choosing Linux in the menu boots Windows!
This could be one of many different issues. More...

Other Resources

Check out Apple’s Boot Camp Support page.