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    Can boot from usb on macbook

    Hey everyone,

    So I have an old 1st gen macbook that I have ubuntu 11.10 on. To make matters worse, I haven't touched this laptop in over a year and I don't remember my user password. However, I want to blow the old install away and reinstall a fresh copy of 12.

    I have a usb stick which has been flashed and ready to boot from/install.

    However, when I boot the macbook holding the alt(option) key, I'm only presented with the option to boot to the "Windows"(ubuntu) hard drive.

    I tried clicking on that and tried every key combination while ubuntu boots, but nothing seems to work. I don't even get a grub menu before ubuntu finally boots to the home screen so i can't alter the boot order either.

    I'm willing to try just about anything at this point.

    thanks

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    Re: Can boot from usb on macbook

    I've only been successful with a Ubuntu Live CD. Is it possible for you to try that instead of a USB?

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    Re: Can boot from usb on macbook

    I ended up somehow getting to the grub and for some reason, once it came up, the keyboard stopped working. So, after a couple more attempts at the USB failed, I broke down, went and bought come CD-Rs and burned a live CD which finally worked.

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