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    Grub won't load (ubuntu server 12.10 on MacBookPro5,5)

    Hi there,

    I'm trying to install ubuntu-server-amd64+mac ver 12.10 on a MacBookPro 5,5.
    after installation, booting ubuntu hangs during grub.

    the steps i have taken:

    A) i installed refit

    B) i used diskutil to partition the drive as:
    1) EFI partition - didn't touch it
    2) mac's original HFS+ partition
    3) ubuntu
    4) another FAT partition used to transfer files between osx and ubuntu

    C) i ran (server) install cd (i verified the checksum after downloading it and burned it with diskutil)

    D) i have no swap and chose to simply install root (/) on /dev/sda3 (after formatting it with ext3)

    E) i chose to not install grub to the mbr but rather to /dev/sda3

    F) i re-synced the partitions with refit

    now when choosing to boot from the "windows" partition (/dev/sda3) grub writes
    GRUB
    on the screen followed by a blinking cursor.

    do i have to reinstall grub somehow?
    Last edited by minsf; January 13th, 2013 at 01:50 AM.

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    Wink Re: Grub won't load (ubuntu server 12.10 on MacBookPro5,5)

    try tapping F12 on startup

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    Re: Grub won't load (ubuntu server 12.10 on MacBookPro5,5)

    Quote Originally Posted by almarphud View Post
    try tapping F12 on startup
    thanks, but, unfortunately, pressing F12 does not change anything.
    what am i supposed to get with F12?

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    Re: Grub won't load (ubuntu server 12.10 on MacBookPro5,5)

    Updates:

    I tried adding a small partition with a bios_grub flag and installing grub into it at the end of the installation. It seems that this flag causes rEFIt problems ("GPT partition of type 'Unknown' found, will not touch this disk."). When I simply remove that flag, rEFIt has no problem to sync my partitions anymore.
    Regardless, I get the same dark-gray/black screen with "GRUB" and a blinking cursor, both with bios_grub flag and without it (but with boot flag).

    I also tried ubuntu desktop 12.04 amd64 (rather than the ubuntu server that I tried initially).
    It fails with the same GRUB screen of death...

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