Linux on Mac Help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by applefan, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. applefan macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2003
    No. Cal.

    I recently tried to install Ubuntu Linux 5.10 on a Lacie FW HD to run from my PB just for fun and curiosity. The installation went normally until I received this message: "yaboot boot loader failed". Another message said my system may be un-bootable. I tried to load the loader several more times from the install menu but received the same error.

    Have I done something wrong or overlooked a step, failed to consider something critical? Is the HD not compatible with Linux, or is it not meant to be bootable? I thought a Mac could boot from any FW HD with a valid OS installed (the installation is obviously a problem). Before attempting to install I formatted it as Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

    Link to disk that I'm trying to install to:

    Any help or suggestions will be appreciated.

  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    I'm saying this off the top of my head, so it may not be totally accurate.

    I believe the boot loader must be installed onto the hard disk with a bootable partition, namely your internal hard disk. I recommend googling for this sort of thing, as I'm sure it's been done before.

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