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Thread: Getting Black screen with Cursor from liveCD

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2012

    Getting Black screen with Cursor from liveCD

    I am using a Maxwell DVD-R as a LiveCD for Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit. I have tried to boot it on my Late 2012 Macbook Pro by pressing 'c' on startup, but all I get is a black screen with a flashing underscore cursor.

    Is the problem the DVD (do I need a CD?) or is it something else?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Utah, USA
    Kubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    Re: Getting Black screen with Cursor from liveCD

    Which disc image did you download and burn? Generally, only the special Mac version will boot in the manner you've described.

    An easy way to check is to instead press and hold the 'option' key when you hear the boot chime. Hold this until the different boot options appear. If you see some discs labeled 'EFI boot' then you have the default desktop image. If you see only a disc labeled 'Windows' then you have the special Mac image.

    If you know what EFI is and that's what you're trying to intentionally set up, then you do want the desktop image. If you have no idea what this is, I highly recommend using the Mac image instead for ease of use and installation.
    MacBook Pro 8,2

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