Linux bootable USB works on Pro but not on Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by TheJing, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    TheJing

    #1
    Does anyone what the problem could be? It works fine on my 2011 Pro but not on my 2011 Air.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    #2
    If you want help, you need to expand on what you mean by "works".

    I assume the Pro goes past the bootloader, hardware is fully recognized, at least the graphics card, keyboard and mouse. Then a graphical environment is loaded (like a desktop environment such as GNOME). This must be what you call "works".

    What happens with the Air exactly?
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    TheJing

    #3
    Nothing. When I choose what Disk I want to use by pressing Alt while booting the computer, I just get a screen that starts black and slowly becomes white over 10 minutes or so.

    But I just read somewhere that the Air isn't capable of booting from a USB drive so...
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

    #4
    OK.

    Yes, the Air can boot from USB, no problem. If the stock EFI won't boot on your USB drive, try rEFIt. Install it even temporarily (it's a clean install, easily and thoroughly removable, see "Manual Installation [...]").

    Expect missing drivers (kernel modules disabled in the kernel of the Linux distribution you're attempting to boot), but you should get a little further.
     

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