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Thread: 15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

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    15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

    Installation media for both 32 and 64bit systems will not boot on MacBook 2,1. Get the ISOLinux screen, purple screen with man in circle, but then just a black screen. Think the 3.19 kernel does not work for MacBooks with Intel Graphics. Can boot in low res with 'nomodeset' but very slow and laggy. Any ideas?
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    Re: 15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

    Bonk...
    $> cd /pub
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    Re: 15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

    Seems as this is not an EFI or UEFI problem, but a kernel problem. Any reason why the 3.19 kernel should not boot? Know of any boot parameters I can try from grub? I know it's an elderly system, but has Intel Dual Core processor and other elderly systems boot fine. Just MacBook 2,1 will not get past initial boot screen.
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    Re: 15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

    Same issue with my Macbook 1,1. Normal graphics with 3.16.0-34-generic #47-Ubuntu SMP, not for the newer kernels.

    Steve

    PS:

    Here is the working video hardware description
    sudo lshw -C video
    *-display:0
    description: VGA compatible controller
    product: Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 2
    bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
    version: 03
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
    configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
    resources: irq:16 memory:90380000-903fffff ioport:20f0(size=8) memory:80000000-8fffffff memory:90400000-9043ffff

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    Re: 15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

    Lubuntu 15.04 on refit grub dual boot macbook 2,1 linux-image-3.16 will boot, though
    sometimes hangs but, reboot will work eventually.
    3.19 never
    ? is the GPU hang reported in kern.log relevant here? i915 problem?
    see kern.log snippet attached
    see error attached from
    GPU crash dump saved to /sys/class/drm/card0/error

    This seems to be a BUG as suggested by the log:
    "...
    Please file a _new_ bug report on bugs.freedesktop.org against DRI -> DRM/Intel
    ..."

    I threw it on the bug pile. See:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...x/+bug/1455852
    Attached Files Attached Files
    Last edited by bryan-cebuliak-gmail; May 17th, 2015 at 07:47 AM. Reason: add link to bug report

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    Re: 15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

    Console boot (systemd) log gets to:
    :
    Started udev Kernel Device Manager (causes a brighter screen)
    Created slice system-ifup.slice. (3.19/4.0 kernels do not get past this point)
    Created slice system-systemd\x2dbacklight.slice.


    (upstart) gets to:
    Adding 1080072k swap on /dev/sda4.

    All kernels boot in recovery mode.
    Last edited by stephen-gibson; May 17th, 2015 at 08:35 AM. Reason: added upstart log

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    Re: 15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

    Hmm. Is there a way of adding Kernel 4.03 say to the .iso so that the MacBook will boot and install a newer kernel? Or should I install using 'nomodset' and then upgrade the kernel and hope the graphics start working?
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    Re: 15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

    Tim,

    Thanks mate for starting this thread, and providing the solution. Kernel 4.03 works.

    Installation instructions are here: http://www.yourownlinux.com/2015/05/...-in-linux.html

    i.e.
    wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa...131441_all.deb

    wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa...1441_amd64.deb

    wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa...1441_amd64.deb

    sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-4.0.3*.deb linux-image-4.0.3*.deb

    Steve.
    Last edited by stephen-gibson; May 19th, 2015 at 01:25 PM. Reason: added instructions in case link lost

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    Re: 15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

    No problem Steve. How did you get it working? Did you install using 'nomodeset' and then upgrade the kernel? Or did you upgrade from 14.04/10? I'm looking to do a clean install so booting the installation media is a problem.
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    Re: 15.04 will not boot on MacBook 2,1

    I upgraded from 14.10 and so there was no video issue until reboot.

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