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Thread: [SOLVED] 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

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    [SOLVED] 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

    I have installed Ubuntu 8.10 on a new aluminum macbook (5,1) but I can't boot. I used boot camp to partiton and then followed mainly the https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook guide. I did add a partition for swap as when I tried to use just sda3 for / and no swap it gave an error about that. I could try again if that may be the issue. The guide does say more than two partitions will cause problems. However, even without it there are still 3 (one fat partition, the hpfs partition and the ext3). When I reboot and hold the option key I only see the mac hd. There is no "windows" option as usual when using boot camp.

    I also installed grub to the sda3 partition as I didn't want it to mess with boot camp. However, I also left it as the normal (hd0) option on the first install which also didn't work. The current install is the second try.

    As for what works and what doesn't, wifi works out of the box (on the live cd). Graphics is reduced at 1280x720 which isn't bad and it says there is an nvidia driver to install. Sound does not work on the live cd. The lighted keyboard also does not work. I did not try suspend or anything as it was a live cd.

    Any suggestions on how to get it to boot? I did install Ubuntu on one of the white macbooks about a year ago and most things worked as well as it booted just fine. What am I missing?

    Thanks.

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    Re: 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

    i am not sure, but i think you need to install rEFIt for the boot loader, and then you should be able to use that to boot to either ubuntu or mac. i had the same issue on my macbook air today

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    Re: 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

    Have you tried refit?

    http://refit.sourceforge.net/

    I have used this on multiple Macbooks and it works great.

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    Re: 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmij01 View Post
    Have you tried refit?

    http://refit.sourceforge.net/

    I have used this on multiple Macbooks and it works great.
    No, I haven't installed it yet. I've used it before but I would like to use the regular mac boot option this time. I know it can be done without rEFIt. I've dual booted the previous generation macbook with just boot camp and it works fine. It does say windows for the Ubuntu volume but I can live with that.

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    Re: 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

    i could not get it to work that way on my macbook air today. i would have liked to go that route also

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    Re: 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

    Quote Originally Posted by twoodcc View Post
    i could not get it to work that way on my macbook air today. i would have liked to go that route also
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=947947&page=13 has some discussion about this. I can't find a solution but seems it's an issue for others. From what I can gather you either have to use rEFIt or "bless" the partition or otherwise re-enable it from OSX. I'm not sure yet how to do that.

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    Re: 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

    Quote Originally Posted by m.musashi View Post
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=947947&page=13 has some discussion about this. I can't find a solution but seems it's an issue for others. From what I can gather you either have to use rEFIt or "bless" the partition or otherwise re-enable it from OSX. I'm not sure yet how to do that.
    thanks. i'll try to keep an eye on this thread to see if you get it worked out. since i've already got rEFIt working, i guess i'll just stick with it for now

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    Re: 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

    There is a bug in the installer (it was in hardy too).

    You need to install refit and use it to sync the partition tables. once that is done, you can remove it if you like.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=767677

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    Re: 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

    Quote Originally Posted by cyberdork33 View Post
    There is a bug in the installer (it was in hardy too).

    You need to install refit and use it to sync the partition tables. once that is done, you can remove it if you like.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=767677
    Thanks. That seems to have fixed it. At least now it boots but there a few other issues to fix (graphics, sound, touchpad, etc that everyone seems aware of).

    I would really like to not have to use rEFIt. It's not that I have an issue with it. It's just that I'd prefer my work computer not to be obvious about having been modified. Is this possible or is rEFIt currently required? You mentioned I can remove it once it's booting right. So if I just uninstall it the normal mac dual boot option works (i.e. pressing option key to get boot menu)?

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    Re: 8.10 on Aluminum macbook issues

    Quote Originally Posted by m.musashi View Post
    It's just that I'd prefer my work computer not to be obvious about having been modified.
    In that case you might also be interested in this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=865180

    It might well let you run *ubuntu* at work without anyone noticing

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