Trying to install ubuntu on new macbook, but keyboard and hard drive can't be recoganized...

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  1. dumplinghao123 macrumors newbie

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    I recently got the new macbook because of its supreme mobility. I never used a mac before, and have decided to put ubuntu on it before I even purchased it. However the process is way too painful, and I am cornered here...

    I followed instructions online, and here is what I did:

    I installed rEFInd 0.8.7 on mac to have boot options. I make a live CD (ubuntu 14.04) to boot from. Once it boots up, according to some tutorials, I should boot into the legacy loader, but that gave me error, the one I could boot into is called grub64xxx. From that I can get into the options to install ubuntu, once I get into the purple screen, the keyboard is not working, mouse is not working... The keyboard is not even lit up.

    So to deal with that, I bought a usb hub and attach mouse and keyboard to it. The external keyboard and mouse do work, and I can click the button to go the next step, however, now ubuntu live CD told me I don't have enough space to install, even though I do have enough space to install 10 ubuntus. I can see that ubuntu doesn't recognize my hard drive. If I attach a usb stick to it, it will recognize that however and let me install on the usb stick...

    I think the problem is, once I boot from anything other than Mac system, all the hardwares are not working at all! Is there anyway I can work around this? This model is fairly new, hence not many helpful information online yet. I am really struggling since this is a big purchase and I can't return it any more. Or I have to learn the Mac system, which might actually take me a while... And I use ubuntu on all my other PCs, this would be kinda painful.
     
  2. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    I assume you are talking about the new 12" Macbook? It may be because it's too new and Ubuntu can't recognize the new hardware.
     
  3. dumplinghao123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, the new one. I wish I had thought about this before... Now I have to wait for new ubuntu release?
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    You said that you tried installing Ubuntu 14.04
    Ubuntu has had two full releases since, and is current now at version 15.04
    I don't know if a newer version will help with the hardware issues, but it may be one choice, as it may provide support for the USB-C port, I don't know if the force-touch trackpad will be supported at all. The keyboard lighting will almost certainly be an issue, too.
     
  5. dumplinghao123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just tried 15.04, still the same :(
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I've got a Ubuntu USB boot drive. I'll give it a go on mine in a couple of hours.
     
  7. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a

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    Try a different flavor of Linux. Something like Mint 17.2 which is based on Ubuntu. I am curious.
     
  8. dumplinghao123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot! At least I can know if this just happens to me. Let me know!
     
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    defiantly an issue with the keyboard, mouse and ssd. looking at it its defiantly a usb c issue. as noted in your first post the dongle woks but this is due to the usb3 emulation that takes place.
     
  10. QuarzSword macrumors newbie

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    You guys are not alone, I got really excited when I saw the instructions on the ubuntu site that helped me make a USB install and really thought it was going to work. I also have keyboard and touchpad problems, I guess they are just not supported yet:/
     
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    There is no way 3.14 is going to support the MacBook, 3.14 is pretty old at this point.

    @OP
    It looks like USB C support is in 4.1 so you're going to have to wait, compile a kernel, or install Gentoo or Arch.
     
  14. hank moody macrumors 6502

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    i want to do this too.

    These problems are already fixed with ubuntu 15.10 ?
     

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