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June 5th, 2010, 08:58 PM
Ok my girlfriend has mac and she wants to play games and we will be useing the wineHQ. I've already looked up games thatwork for it and its good. Well is there away to install ubuntu through bootcamp?
her specs is-
Could i get some instructions? We were currently gonna install windows but it wouldn't work cuz we didnt have the original cd. Bootcamp already has a partition setaside already. Her mac is a Macbook pro

June 6th, 2010, 03:17 PM
a QUICK google search:

This one wasn't difficult to look up.

June 6th, 2010, 04:26 PM
If you want to play games just find the windows cd.

You don't need bootcamp to install ubuntu (or windows). There is a program called refit.

Here are the Ubuntu installation directions:

This is the official refit website:

Here are some directions to make ubuntu compatible with your mac (the directions for older versions of ubuntu should still work):

and if you want to right click, tap the touchpad with two fingers.

Good luck.

Edit: Just found this (though its for 9.10), really detailed instructions: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1192296

June 6th, 2010, 07:17 PM
Okay, pooya. Refit and BootCamp do fundamentally the same thing. Sync hybrid partition tables. If he wants to use bootcamp, let him and help him, unless there is a specific reason. Don't send him to another program without at least EXPLAINING why to him, or the rest of us. We all deserve to hear the reasons why you think that refit should be used instead of bootcamp.

June 7th, 2010, 09:26 AM
rEFIt is by far the better solution. it is easy to install and is designed to handle Multiple operating systems. Bootcamp is designed to specifically run MSWindows, and can only handle a dual boot, nothing more. Yes, you can run Linux in it, but it does so only by not being able to distinguish it from MSWindows

June 7th, 2010, 05:42 PM
Thank you DoubleClicker. I agree, it is the better solution. Our user can make an informed decision now on whether he wishes to use it or not, IE whether or not it is the better solution for him.

June 30th, 2010, 03:34 PM
Hi, I have about the same situation. Before I go through the rEFIt process and actually install ubuntu, I want to make sure that ubuntu will recognize and use my usb drive, cd drive, speakers, camera, WiFI (or ethernet), and everything else.
I'm tentative to install and go through the process because I tried before using bootcamp and windows, the results being a machine that didn't access my cd drive, usb, camera, speakers, or built in WiFi.
Could you guide me through the correct install so that ubuntu has all the drivers and necessary rEFIt files to recognize and use my accessories as wells as built in Macbook Pro WiFi, speakers, etc.

Nice to meet you and thanks in advance!