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    Let's Get Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,1 or 3,2

    I just got one of the new MacBook Airs today and I'm trying to install Ubuntu. I've installed refit, resized the Mac Partition, created two new partitions, used dd to image a bootable USB to one of the new partitions and I'm able to boot off of it.

    When booting into Ubuntu, the screen is off-center with vertical colored bars that roll on the screen. Has anyone figured out how to get around this yet?
    Last edited by SuperDodge; October 23rd, 2010 at 12:05 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    I've attached a picture of the screen during the installer.
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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    Hmm..that's an odd one...

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    Are you able to get to a terminal with ctrl+alt+f1? It would be great to get as much data as you can provide. For starters, files containing the output of these commands:
    Code:
    dmesg
    sudo lsusb -vvv
    sudo lspci -vvv
    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    cat /proc/bus/input/devices
    Thanks!

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    Hi,

    FWIW, I get that too, on my MBA 11"/64gb - when using the 10.10 live cd - via an external USB cd drive (not superdrive).

    It works further with Ubuntu 8 - but hesitant to install that as it may not have working wifi ...but then 10.10 may have same issue.

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    I'm making a bootable version of the alternate installer now to see if that helps my cause any. I'll report back.

    By the way kosumi68 - I like your signature. It makes me think of a guy walking in saying "Lock up your scotch, hide your women and mark your threads solved! kosumi is here!"

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    No dice with the alternate installer...it can't detect the wireless card so there is no way to get access to the ubuntu servers.

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperDodge View Post
    I've attached a picture of the screen during the installer.
    boot without GRAPHIC
    from the ALTERNATE ubuntu CD http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ub...ve-download#bt
    and PRESS ESC to enter BOOT in EXPERT mode

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperDodge View Post
    I've attached a picture of the screen during the installer.
    Exact same thing happens to me.

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    Re: Ubuntu on MacBook Air 3,2

    I'm trying to install 10.10 from the 64-bit alternate CD but that leaves me without wireless. There are no 'restricted drivers' in the restricted driver manager's list so I tried using this guide and install the drivers from the CD:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...ernet%20access

    But there is no 'bcmwl-kernel-source' in a folder '/pool/restricted/b/bcmwl' on the alternate-64 CD. Both are not on the CD.

    This guy seems to have it working although he doesn't mention if he uses 32 or 64 bit:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...4&postcount=22

    Anybody got 64-bit 10.10 running properly? Or am I at a dead end and are there no proper restricted 64-bit drivers for the wifi of the MBA?

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