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    installing on Macbook Pro without OSX or CD drive

    There are a lot of posts about installing Ubuntu on a Mac, but most assume you have a working OSX installation or a working CD drive. My Mac hasn't been able to boot from CD/DVD for some time, and I've got a blank hard drive that I'd like to install Ubuntu 12.04 on.

    I've read lots of posts about using a USB drive to boot, but most are followed by people saying the method didn't work for them, or they require you to install refit, which I don't think I can do since I don't have OSX.

    I could also hook the empty hard drive to another machine running Ubuntu and prepare a partition on it to do the install from.

    Any advice about which route to take? Which ISO to use (32/64 bit, Mac version, etc)? How to prepare the USB drive/hard drive?

    My machine is a 15-inch MacBook Pro 1440x900 Santa Rosa from mid 2007, MacBookPro3,1.

    Thanks for any help!

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    Wink Re: installing on Macbook Pro without OSX or CD drive

    Check out Single-Boot: Ubuntu Only - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ma...elInstallation

    Good Luck!
    Last edited by Rocklobster690; January 5th, 2013 at 01:27 AM.

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    Re: installing on Macbook Pro without OSX or CD drive

    Quote Originally Posted by jdc View Post
    There are a lot of posts about installing Ubuntu on a Mac, but most assume you have a working OSX installation or a working CD drive. My Mac hasn't been able to boot from CD/DVD for some time, and I've got a blank hard drive that I'd like to install Ubuntu 12.04 on.

    I've read lots of posts about using a USB drive to boot, but most are followed by people saying the method didn't work for them, or they require you to install refit, which I don't think I can do since I don't have OSX.

    I could also hook the empty hard drive to another machine running Ubuntu and prepare a partition on it to do the install from.

    Any advice about which route to take? Which ISO to use (32/64 bit, Mac version, etc)? How to prepare the USB drive/hard drive?

    My machine is a 15-inch MacBook Pro 1440x900 Santa Rosa from mid 2007, MacBookPro3,1.

    Thanks for any help!
    Check out Single-Boot: Ubuntu Only - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ma...elInstallation

    Good Luck!

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    Re: installing on Macbook Pro without OSX or CD drive

    I could also hook the empty hard drive to another machine running Ubuntu and prepare a partition on it to do the install from.
    If you have a machine that already runs Ubuntu, you can use Startup Disk Creator to put the installation image on a usb stick.

    CD images to be used by Mac users can be found here:

    http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.04/
    http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.04.1/
    http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.10/

    As far as I know, you can go 64 bit with that machine.

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    Re: installing on Macbook Pro without OSX or CD drive

    The replies posted so far require booting from CD or USB, both of which I can't do.

    I did however find this page https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...tion/FromLinux which explains how to install Ubuntu from an iso that has been unpacked onto a hard drive partition. And this worked for me. I partitioned the drive ahead of time so that it wouldn't need to be repartitioned while the installer was running from it, and I needed to delete the cdrom line from /etc/mtab as mentioned at that link.

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