Triple Boot Windows 8.1-Mavericks 10.9.1-Ubuntu 13.1 On Envy 4 Ivy Bridge Ultrabook

These days, there are only a few desktops, laptops or ultrabooks Operating Systems out there, Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. Chrome OS has its own thing called Chrome book but not very popular right now although it’s growing.

This post is to talk about how to install Windows 8.1, Mavericks 10.9.1 and Ubuntu 13.1 on the same hard drive of an Ivy Bridge (3rd generation Intel CPU-i5 3317u 1700Mhz turbo boost to 2.4Ghz bios) HD4000 Graphics HP Envy 4-1117nr Ultrabook. This tutorial should work on all Ivy Bridge laptops because the system is basically the same, the only things different would be the Wifi – Bluetooth – Ethernet – Sound – Trackpad – MMC card reader. Wifi and Bluetooth combo card can be replaced with a used inexpensive AR5B195 AR9285 Wifi and AR3011 Bluetooth combo.


This Tutorial is also for PC and Laptops 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation of Intel i5 – HD5700, HD3000 and HD4000. I did test with my 3 laptops – i5-460M HD5700 (No latic patching required) – i5-3240M HD3000 – i5-3317u HD-4000.

If you plan to use distros installers like Unibeast, Myhack or Niresh, this tutorial doesn’t apply. I spent weeks for reading materials from every where:,,,, rehabman and some other that I stumbled into. Every distro has its good stuff, I used to use myHack, Unibeast for my older computers, since I understand more about chameleon, clover boot loaders and Mac OS X, simple way is better than distros, at least I know what I install and NOT install. This simple can be update to new Chameleon version and Mavericks on the fly, don’t have to wait for distros to update. Everything needed is free on the web. I only put things that work not still in development.

1. My Mavericks on my Envy 4-1117nr can sleep/wakes and normal use for over a day while Windows 8.1 can’t.

2. Windows 8.1 and Mavericks USB 3.0 ports can both transfer 4.69GB file from USB 3.0 drive to Desktop in 63 sec. I really like that.

3. Windows 8.1 can use HDMI audio and SD card reader – The Mavericks loses there because the SD card is PCI and not supported – I can’t seem to patch the AppleHDA.kext to work with HDMI audio, but if I want to watch movies on big screen, I can use Windows 8.1. One day I’ll get the HDMI audio working.

Most of the laptops or ultrabook these days have white list in the bios which only accepts components approved by the manufacturer, but if we used the cards that are made by the same manufacturer, the bios can detect it very easily – This is HP Envy 4-1117nr that comes with Ralink 3290 Wifi and bluetooth, but when I replaced with an HP AR5B195, the bios detected the card right away.

Hard drive upgrade should be easy if the drive is less than 9.5mm thick for ultrabook – although 7mm is desired, make sure the back cover has room to close.

Memory module should be easy to add if the laptop has 2 slots. 

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