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  1. #1
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    Oct 2013

    Macbook pro 9,1

    HI to all.
    I have a macbook pro 9,1 (my job machine) with kubuntu 12.10 installed in.
    I want upgrade this to 13.10 or make a new installation, but if I try live distribution i don't see external screen.
    My question is: if I setup kubuntu 13.10 on my machine in EFI mode or not can I see extern monitor.

    My external monitory is connected with display port to VGA.

    Thanks for help!
    Last edited by Yol4o; October 23rd, 2013 at 10:26 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2013

    Re: Macbook pro 9,1

    Ok, I answer myself!
    For install kubuntu 13.10 with esternal screen that work, than with displayport to VGA do:

    1) Use rEFInd ( )

    2) Normal installation and select "device for boot loader installation" how the partition where you decide of install it!

    2.5) If the installation end with error with "not install grub-efi-amd64... there is not a loader ecc... ecc..." don't worry, if you set rEFInd for scan for linux drive (for this read all "Installing rEFInd Using under Linux or Mac OS X" at

    3) For see external monitor and use NVIDIA driver do:

    3.1) If you have had error "grub-efi-amd64" resolve dependence remove grub-pc or run "sudo aptitude" (sudo apt-get install aptitude) to see for what depends on the error and fix it

    3.2) Converting Ubuntu into EFI mode ( )

    3.2.1) sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update
    3.2.2) sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

    3.2.3) Click on “Advanced options”, go to the “GRUB location” tab.
    3.2.4) Make sure that “Separate /boot/efi partition” is checked, then click the “Apply” button, and follow the directions (you’ll be asked to remove and reinstall GRUB)
    3.2.5) Reboot. You’ll probably haedit /etc/default/grub and add “i915.lvds_channel_mode=2 i915.modeset=0 i915.lvds_use_ssc=0″ to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT inside the double-quotes between the words “quiet splash“. ve several new options in rEFIt, select any of them to boot up

    4) Install Nvidia Driver (that help to see external screen! )
    4.1) sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
    4.2) sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
    4.3) sudo nvidia-xconfig
    4.4) edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and add to the Device section: Option "UseDPLib" "off"
    4.5) edit /etc/default/grub and add "i915.lvds_channel_mode=2 i915.modeset=0 i915.lvds_use_ssc=0" to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT inside the double-quotes between the words “quiet splash“, the result is:

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet i915.lvds_channel_mode=2 i915.modeset=0 i915.lvds_use_ssc=0 splash"

    4.6) sudo update-grub

    This is all!

    Thanks to and sources of information:


    Sorry for my English


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