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How to use install disk on a Mac?

I have a couple disks for Win7 and Ubuntu lying around I'd like to use on my Mac Mini 3,1 but I can't boot from them. I tried the holding down alt during startup and the disk didn't show up. Any and all help is appreciated.
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    To set up Windows on your Mac Mini, you need to install Boot Camp from within OS X first. Go here for help:

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/boot_camp_install-setup.pdf

    Also, there are several guides for setting up Ubuntu on a Mac. Such as this one:

    http://lifehacker.com/5934942/how-to-dual-boot-linux-on-your-mac-and-take-back-your-powerhouse-apple-hardware
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