Live cd's on Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by waloshin, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    I am not a noob with the pc world, but I will say i am a noob when it comes to the Mac world. So can you run live cd's just like in a normal pc? Such as gparted, knoppix, ubuntu...

    Or does Apple lock down their hardware, so you can't do that?

    And why can't you see the post menu when to turn on your mac, and can you see and edit the bios?
  2. jodelli macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2008
    Windsor, ON, Canada
    Ubuntu runs as a live cd; I think the 'c' key was held down though, and that was on a PPC. The Intel Ubuntu builds run the same as on any other PC.

    Don't know about the other programs as I have only run Knoppix on a P4.

    Apple uses an Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) instead of the legacy BIOS so there is no POST as you know it.

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