Getting Ubuntu Server on a 2006 Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by thetman, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. thetman macrumors member

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    So I was given a 2006 Macbook and since it has no battery I wanted to try and setup ownCloud on it. It currently has 10.6.8 and Win 7 dual booting just fine. I don't really care about keeping either partition or any data. The problem I am having is getting Ubuntu media to boot. I have tried both a USB stick and external USB DVD drive. Holding "C" at boot just gives me a grey screen for either. Any ideas?

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    Guess I should have googled, it seems you cannot use unetbootin to create bootable USB drives that work on a Mac. Following some insctructions on using dd, hopefully that works
     
  2. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    You might also try holding down the option key to boot it, or use something like rEFInd. It is more flexible than Apples EFI. I think I used it once upon a time to get Ubuntu on my MacBook.

    And with Macs, I've always had better luck with a disk rather than a USB drive, unless it's for OS X.
     
  3. thetman thread starter macrumors member

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    Installed rEFind now copying over ubuntu using dd
     
  4. thetman thread starter macrumors member

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    No luck. Neither option or rEFInd shows the USB drive on boot. Doesn't even seem to try as the activity light doesn't flicker.
     
  5. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    From what I can recall, I had to use a combination of rEFIt or rEFInd and Boot Camp. Then I used the CD. I never had any luck with the USB installer. If you could make a disk that would be the way to go.

    There's a pretty lengthy guide in their help wiki, might give it a read if you haven't done so already: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/AppleIntelInstallation

    Also looks like it's supported pretty well, at least up to 10.04 most everything works. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook

    Is there any alternative that would run under OS X?
     

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