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  1. #1
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    Mac Mini and Ubuntu

    Hi,

    I recently got myself a cheap second hand mac mini, only for watching movies on my TV, but the Mac OSX was pretty crap (10.3) and I can't upgrade to 10.5 because I only have a HD image, and I cant wipe the HD without the origional MacMini CD, which I don't have.

    So I was just going to install Ubuntu onto it. I can't boot into OSX, no idea whats wrong.

    Is there a way to boot into ubuntu setup from CD?

  2. #2
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    Re: Mac Mini and Ubuntu

    Yes, insert the CD and hold "option" on your keyboard.

    tested on mid-2011 Macbook air, but it should work.

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    Re: Mac Mini and Ubuntu

    Usually holding down the 'c' key while it starts up should do the job. Were you able to get a PPC mini?

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    Re: Mac Mini and Ubuntu

    It is a PPC G4 Mac Mini.

    And what a pain I'm having with it.

    I have a wireless logitech keyboard, so I am struggling to get into any boot options/boot from CD with that keyboard on a cold boot.

    This is something I posted on a mac forum describing the problem.

    Thats my problem atm. I have the PPC latest release on CD. Burnt the ISO direct to disc, but I can't get it to boot.

    I'm using a logitech wireless keyboard and dont have a wired USB keyboard to hand. Not sure what to press to have it cold boot from CD?

    Would a Live CD respond differently?

    Also - Problems with OSX now, since I've put the CD in all I get is rapid flashing white text on black background along the lines of:

    lyld: -sh can't open library: /usr/lib/libcurses.5.4.dylib - Some error text and:
    init:single user shell terminated, restarting

    Just hangs on that

  5. #5
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    Re: Mac Mini and Ubuntu

    I think you might need to have a wired keyboard for this, at least at the start.

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    Re: Mac Mini and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Noodén View Post
    I think you might need to have a wired keyboard for this, at least at the start.
    My brother is being a pal, and bringing a wired USB keyboard down to me shortly. It's not a mac keyboard tho, should this effect it?

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