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Thread: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on mac, gparted fails

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    Exclamation Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on mac, gparted fails

    I am trying to install Ubuntu 18.04 on an old MBP 2008.
    I have a bootable USB stick, and the live demo starts and works perfectly.
    I already had a previous version installed, but the SSD HD failed, and had to replace it.
    So my situation is: a completely new SSD HD, and a live Ubuntu USB.
    The mac boots correctly, and I can start the installation without any problem, but after selecting all the options, when gParted tries to create the required partition on the disk I obtain an "Impossible to format as ext4" error.

    I tried to edit the disk partitions "manually" using gParted, and the error is a little bit more detailed, but I cannot understand it anyway:

    Code:
    GParted 0.30.0 --enable-libparted-dmraid --enable-online-resize
    
    Libparted 3.2
    Delete /dev/sda2 (unknown, 446.63 GiB) from /dev/sda  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
         	
    calibrate /dev/sda2  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
         	
    path: /dev/sda2 (partition)
    start: 1050624
    end: 937701375
    size: 936650752 (446.63 GiB)
    delete partition  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
    
    ========================================
    Create Primary Partition #1 (ext4, 446.63 GiB) on /dev/sda  00:05:57    ( ERROR )
         	
    create empty partition  00:00:01    ( SUCCESS )
         	
    path: /dev/sda2 (partition)
    start: 1050624
    end: 937701375
    size: 936650752 (446.63 GiB)
    clear old file system signatures in /dev/sda2  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
         	
    write 512.00 KiB of zeros at byte offset 0  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
    write 4.00 KiB of zeros at byte offset 67108864  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
    write 4.00 KiB of zeros at byte offset 274877906944  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
    write 512.00 KiB of zeros at byte offset 479564660736  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
    write 4.00 KiB of zeros at byte offset 479565119488  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
    write 8.00 KiB of zeros at byte offset 479565176832  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
    flush operating system cache of /dev/sda  00:00:00    ( SUCCESS )
    set partition type on /dev/sda2  00:00:01    ( SUCCESS )
         	
    new partition type: ext4
    create new ext4 file system  00:05:55    ( ERROR )
         	
    mkfs.ext4 -F -O ^64bit -L '' '/dev/sda2'  00:05:55    ( ERROR )
         	
    64-bit filesystem support is not enabled. The larger fields afforded by this feature enable full-strength checksumming. Pass -O 64bit to rectify.
    Discarding device blocks: failed - Remote I/O error
    Creating filesystem with 117081344 4k blocks and 29278208 inodes
    Filesystem UUID: edd6ec08-c695-4978-b70a-501266be5897
    Superblock backups stored on blocks:
    32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208,
    4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872, 71663616, 78675968,
    102400000
    
    Allocating group tables: done
    Writing inode tables: done
    Creating journal (262144 blocks): done
    Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information:
    mke2fs 1.44.1 (24-Mar-2018)
    
    Warning, had trouble writing out superblocks.
    
    ========================================
    Can anyone help me?
    Thank you in adavnce,
    Simone

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on mac, gparted fails

    Is it possible that my system doesn`t support a 64bit installation and thus fails?

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on mac, gparted fails

    Move to Apple Hardware

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on mac, gparted fails

    Are you suggesting that the HD might not be compatible with my Mac?

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on mac, gparted fails

    Quote Originally Posted by leep View Post
    Are you suggesting that the HD might not be compatible with my Mac?
    No, it was moved to the Apple Hardware support, as Apple's hardware tends to offer complications that other systems don't have. This subforum typically gets more attention from those who're more proficient in Apple's hardwares.

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on mac, gparted fails

    Sorry didn't get it.

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on mac, gparted fails

    Did you update firmware on SSD. Many have had to do that with PCs, even with new SSDs.
    Do not know Mac and what firmware you may have.

    Installed Lubuntu 18.04 LTS on a MacBook Air 1,1 (early 2008)
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2402179
    Old Mac with core2duo & 32 bit UEFI
    https://mattgadient.com/2016/07/11/l...e-2006-models/
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on mac, gparted fails

    No I did not, this is something I never thought about. I'll check with the manufacturer how to perform this update.

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