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    [SOLVED] Ubuntu rEFIt Penguin Disappeared

    I've got Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic installed on my Macbook 5,1 and I'm using rEFIt 0.13 to manage boot. It seems that rEFIt doesn't recognize Ubuntu 9.10 as a Linux OS because instead of the penguin icon, I get the legacy OS icon. The penguin icon was working with Ubuntu 8.10 - 9.04. Does anyone know how to fix this?

    It's not a big deal, I just like the penguin better than four grey squares
    Last edited by undoIT; December 6th, 2009 at 03:45 AM. Reason: solved

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    Re: Ubuntu rEFIt Penguin Disappeared

    I think its because 9.10 is using grub2 rather than grub. So I guess you could simply down grade to grub in ubuntu, and it should work. I really wouldn't consider it worth the effort though

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    Re: Ubuntu rEFIt Penguin Disappeared

    Ya I wish I could have the penguin back.

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    Re: Ubuntu rEFIt Penguin Disappeared

    Quote Originally Posted by tom4everitt View Post
    I think its because 9.10 is using grub2 rather than grub. So I guess you could simply down grade to grub in ubuntu, and it should work. I really wouldn't consider it worth the effort though
    Yeah, not worth it. I may dig around in the rEFIt install and see if I can replace the legacy OS image file with the Linux image file.
    Last edited by undoIT; December 6th, 2009 at 03:09 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu rEFIt Penguin Disappeared

    Okay, that was easy.

    in OS X navigate to /efi/refit/icons

    copy os_linux.icns and paste to desktop

    move os_legacy.icns to trash

    rename file on desktop to os_legacy.icns and move back to /efi/refit/icons

    Long live the penguin!

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    Re: Ubuntu rEFIt Penguin Disappeared

    Or you could just sync the partitions ala: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1297229 that worked for me, and then you can use the mac "option bootloader" without refit, or at least it's working fine for me. (note that updates to grub2 will require that you repeat these steps but it's more of a solution rather than a hack)

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    Re: Ubuntu rEFIt Penguin Disappeared

    @undoIT

    Aah, of course! Didn't think about it

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    Re: Ubuntu rEFIt Penguin Disappeared

    awesome post, I just got tiple boot working with my macbook pro and noticed that tux wasn't showing up. I couldn't figure out why.

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    Re: Ubuntu rEFIt Penguin Disappeared

    As of March 7, 2010 rEFIt has been updated to properly detect grub2. I just installed it on my Macbook Pro (after having done the icon swap), and it replaced the icons to the correct name, and then when rEFIt came up I had the penguin graphic and "Boot Linux from Partition 4" instead of "boot legacy OS..."

    So, all is good and fixed!

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