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Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« on: April 13, 2019, 12:22:26 PM »
 

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Hi All,

So I have an old macbook Pro that's EOL. Can't even recall what O/S was on it, but couldn't run many applications. So I figured I'd put Linux Lite on it - have LL on a few other laptops (PC's), so figured I'd keep it in the family. Near as I can tell (unless someone knows otherwise), I can't get the macbook to boot from a USB unless the image is GPT. Any MBR boot drives I create aren't even recognized as boot drives. So when I hit option to boot, I can't even select it. Maybe there's something else I'm missing, but that looks like it.

Any suggestions? Is there a way to convert the LL image to GPT? I tried googling but maybe I'm not googling it right. It's a 64 bit macbook. Want it to be non dual boot, just linux lite.

I was able to get AntiX Linux installed, but prefer LL.

Oh, if it matters, I'm creating the boot thumb drive on a PC using Rufus.

Thanks :)
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Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2019, 01:37:53 PM »
 

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First question, are you using our UEFI image?

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Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2019, 02:20:02 PM »
 

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First question, are you using our UEFI image?

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I wasn't aware there was a UEFI image, I don't think - just now saw it on the site under downloads. Will that allow me to use GPT? If so I'll try that tonight! Thanks!
 

Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2019, 03:07:38 PM »
 

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What's the exact make and model of your laptop? eg. MacBook Pro Early 2011 13"  MC700LL/A.

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2019, 04:12:53 PM »
 

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What's the exact make and model of your laptop? eg. MacBook Pro Early 2011 13"  MC700LL/A.

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Going from my notes (I'll confirm at home)

Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.33 15" Specs A1211 / T7600 (I believe late 2006 or early 2007)
 

Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2019, 04:42:53 PM »
 

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Installing Linux on a Mac, there isn't a one size fits all solution. When I installed LL on my Macbook Pro 2011, there are very very specific instructions. GPU, wired, wireless can all affect whether you can even boot to a desktop or not. Your best bet is just to try boot the UEFI ISO, and go from there. Basic start:

Burn ISO with Etcher
Insert USB to Macbook
Boot Mac, hold Option key, select EFI boot.

Cross fingers and toes :) Go to Ubuntu forums for specific help with your specific hardware.
 

Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2019, 04:50:17 PM »
 

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If you have AMD graphics card, and you just can't boot to a desktop, this is the best I can offer:

Press E at Grub, do:

Look for the line set gfxpayload=keep. Once you’ve found it, type the following lines underneath to disable the AMD graphics card:

outb 0x728 1
outb 0x710 2
outb 0x740 2
outb 0x750 0

Next find the kernel line and after “quiet splash” add the following:

i915.lvds_channel_mode=2 i915.modeset=1 i915.lvds_use_ssc=0

F10 to boot.


Disable AMD graphics card permanently:

sudo leafpad /etc/default/grub

when the file opens search for the line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash“

and change it to:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash i915.lvds_channel_mode=2 i915.modeset=1 i915.lvds_use_ssc=0"

sudo leafpad /etc/grub.d/10_linux

when the file opens find the line:

echo "   insmod gzio" | sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/"

And place the following immediately before this line:

echo "   outb 0x728 1" | sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/"
echo "   outb 0x710 2" | sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/"
echo "   outb 0x740 2" | sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/"
echo "   outb 0x750 0" | sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/"

sudo update-grub
 

Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2019, 09:22:39 PM »
 

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If you have AMD graphics card, and you just can't boot to a desktop, this is the best I can offer:

Press E at Grub, do:

Look for the line set gfxpayload=keep. Once you’ve found it, type the following lines underneath to disable the AMD graphics card:

outb 0x728 1
outb 0x710 2
outb 0x740 2
outb 0x750 0

Next find the kernel line and after “quiet splash” add the following:

i915.lvds_channel_mode=2 i915.modeset=1 i915.lvds_use_ssc=0

F10 to boot.


Disable AMD graphics card permanently:

sudo leafpad /etc/default/grub

when the file opens search for the line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash“

and change it to:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash i915.lvds_channel_mode=2 i915.modeset=1 i915.lvds_use_ssc=0"

sudo leafpad /etc/grub.d/10_linux

when the file opens find the line:

echo "   insmod gzio" | sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/"

And place the following immediately before this line:

echo "   outb 0x728 1" | sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/"
echo "   outb 0x710 2" | sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/"
echo "   outb 0x740 2" | sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/"
echo "   outb 0x750 0" | sed "s/^/$submenu_indentation/"

sudo update-grub

Thanks for the tips. I did have to use nomodeset when I installed AntiX...

So - on Rufus, I needed to select NTFS (default was Fat32). The mac sees the drive - I can select it from the boot menu, but nothing happens. I select it, hit enter - nothing.

I tried using Etcher, and the mac doesn't even see the drive. :(
 

Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2019, 09:37:41 PM »
 

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It says the Etcher for Mac is 10.9 onwards. Which version do you have  ?
There may be another Etcher version for it.

 

Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2019, 09:47:05 PM »
 

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It says the Etcher for Mac is 10.9 onwards. Which version do you have  ?
There may be another Etcher version for it.

Err.. I mean I burned the USB drive on a PC using Etcher. The mac doesn't see the drive to boot from it.
 

Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2019, 09:50:45 PM »
 

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There is this one for PC , I used it before when I had a windows computer to make Linux Lite usb stick - https://www.linuxliveusb.com/
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Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2019, 11:32:19 PM »
 

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There is this one for PC , I used it before when I had a windows computer to make Linux Lite usb stick - https://www.linuxliveusb.com/

I have no problem with making the usb drive with Rufus, but it just won't boot. Sees it as a drive, but not booting :(
 

Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2019, 12:24:42 AM »
 

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It sounds similar to when it is not set in bios to boot from USB , but as you installed the other distro this won't be the case. Unless that install changed the settings.
I am unsure of what the problem may be.
 

Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2019, 02:10:48 AM »
 

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Try A DVD.

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Re: Install Linux Lite on Macbook
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2019, 04:11:08 PM »
 

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Try A DVD.

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No other media drive on that macbook :(
 


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