View Full Version : [ubuntu] Installing on already partitioned HD - MacBook 4,1

June 10th, 2010, 11:25 AM
Hmmm ... I'm pretty new to all this Ubuntu / Bootcamp / rEFIt so please bear with me.

My MacBook HD already has 2 partitions (HFS+), I'm only wanting to keep one partition with OS X and use the other partition for Ubuntu. Can I do this or do I need to clean install/ restore from backup to a single volume?

Bootcamp doesn't want to know and tells me I have to.

Can I just erase and format the other partition via Disk Utility?

Also, when testing out (or trying to test out) the CD I burnt earlier all I got was the flashing curser. Is that because I needed to do the Bootcamp thing first? The MD5 of my downloaded ISO matched that listed on the site. I burnt 2 CD's on 2 different Macs and get the same result for both.

Also (finally) I could be a bit confused about what variant of Ubuntu to install. Using the sticky gude (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1192296) I downloaded ubuntu-9.04-desktop-amd64 but should I be aiming for Karmic (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook4-1/Karmic)? Am I going to have a working Firewire either out of the box or with some extra voodoo? Or can someone recommend a flavour which is going to work. Firewire is important.

Thanks for any help! :)

OK, using Disk Utility I erased and formated the spare partition as ms-dos (fat) and the CD works.

Question now is, do I need to use rEFIt?