Installing Linux on MBP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ACagliano, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. ACagliano macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2012
    Hello! I have a Macbook Pro model 7,1, operating system version 10.8.2. I am trying to create a 120gb partition and install a Linux distribution on it. This Linux OS is preferably BackTrack, but may be Ubuntu as well. I have tried Linux USB Builder for Lion. It creates a bootable install disk for Ubuntu but freezes on BackTrack. Any other procedure that supposedly works, I get a message "the disk you inserted is not readable by this computer" when done.

    When using the USB drive, which now has a bootable Ubuntu installer on it, I am able to boot into Ubuntu, use gparted to create my Linux partition. Then, I run the installer and install the operating system. Once it completes, I then attempt to reboot into the Ubuntu partition. I get "No bootable device found. Insert a boot device and press any key".

    *** Report for internal hard disk ***

    Current GPT partition table:
    # Start LBA End LBA Type
    1 40 409339903 Linux ext4
    2 409602048 940812503 Mac OS X HFS+
    3 940812504 942082047 Mac OS X Boot
    4 942082048 944130047 Linux Swap
    5 944130048 944539647 EFI System (FAT)

    Current MBR partition table:
    # A Start LBA End LBA Type
    1 1 976773167 ee EFI Protective

    MBR contents:
    Boot Code: Unknown, but bootable

    Partition at LBA 40:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: ext4 with journaling
    Listed in GPT as partition 1, Linux ext4

    Partition at LBA 409602048:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: HFS Extended (HFS+)
    Listed in GPT as partition 2, type Mac OS X HFS+

    Partition at LBA 940812504:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: HFS Extended (HFS+)
    Listed in GPT as partition 3, type Mac OS X Boot

    Partition at LBA 942082048:
    Boot Code: None
    File System: Unknown
    Listed in GPT as partition 4, type Linux Swap

    Partition at LBA 944130048:
    Boot Code: None (Non-system disk message)
    File System: FAT32
    Listed in GPT as partition 5, type EFI System (FAT)

    Please help!!
  2. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    Have you tried to use dd go write the image to the drive?

    Note - I have not tried this on BackTrack so unsure of outcome.
  3. ACagliano thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2012
    Yeah, dd gives me the "the disk you inserted was not readable by this computer". but, i actually got ubuntu working...
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    It's normal to get the "disk not readable" message; OS X can't read whatever the Linux format is (ext4?). It should still be bootable as obviously that bypasses OS X.

    So Ubuntu works on a 7,1? I tried it just for kicks on my 8,2 and ended up with no AirPort, the keyboard backlight stuck on (even OS X wouldn't turn it back off until I reset the PRAM!) and the trackpad was almost unusable. Does that all work on your 7,1? Are you using the trackpad or an external mouse?

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