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    Hi,

    I have a Macbook Pro 17" mid 2010 and I'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 on it.
    The thing is that I bough myself a datadoubler from macsales.com so I could replace the CDROM with an harddrive instead.

    Now I want to install Ubuntu on this disk but I can't seem to boot up properly into Ubuntu.

    I have tried making a USB-stick with Ubuntu 10.10 on it but it doesn't get recognized neither in rEFIt or if I hold down the option-key during boot, it get recognized fine in OS X though.

    I then tried hooking up a external CDROM and now I can see the CDROM choice and boot from the CD. BUT, I don't get the graphical interface that I get on my PC, I only get a Grub menu with the same choices that I get from the graphical, "Try Ubuntu" and "Install Ubuntu" but it doesn't matter which one I choose because I only get a black screen and eventually the CDROM spins down to a complete halt and nothing happens. I had it like that for about 30min just to be sure but nothing happened.

    Is it only possible to install other operating systems using the internal CDROM?
    And if so, how can I get a Linux installation on my second drive that I have instead of my CDROM.

    I can, if necessary, switch back so I have the CDROM in but then I would have to switch the harddrives as well if I want it installed on my sencond drive and Then I would probably have to install OS X on it too and remove it later!?

    What's wrong here and how can I fix this the best way?


    Thanks,
    -Patric



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    Hi Patric,
    I'm not sure if your setup is interfering with the installation, I don't know enough about Ubunto. Someone bought me a laptop a while back that was stuck with it and wouldn't boot back to OSX, so Ubunto must do something to the boot process.

    I do however have a work around for you, either use something like VMware Fusion (virtual machine), mounted on a spare drive and install ubunto from an image file to it (negating the need for a disc drive). OR if you have another mac or a friend with one, install ubunto system to a portable drive then connect it up and choose it as your boot drive. I would prefer the last method as if something screws up, the drive can just switched off and your mac OXS will be intact.

    I hope this helps, regards
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    Thanks but sorry that doesn't really help.. I don't want it running in a virtual machine and I don't want it on an external drive either

    Anyway, I tried with a Debian CD and at least that one shows up in rEFIt but I get this error:

    Code:
    Error: Not Found from LocateDevicePath
    Error: Not Found from LocateDevicePath
    Error: Not Found from LocateDevicePath
    Error: Not Found from LocateDevicePath
    Error: Not Found from LocateDevicePath
    Error: Not Found from LocateDevicePath
    Error: Not Found from LocateDevicePath
    Error: Not Found from LocateDevicePath
    Error: Load Error while (re)opening out installation volume
    
    The firmare refused to boot from the selected volume.
    Note that ecternal hard drives are not well-supported
    by Apple's firmware for legacy OS booting.
    
    *Hit any key to continue*
    And it freezes..

    Any ideas?

    Has anyone got Linux running on a mid 2010 Macbook Pro?

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    Ok so I tried putting back the CDROM and it boots up from the CD just fine now..

    So the only problem is that I don't have the harddrive installed where I want Linux.
    Can I somehow install it on the drive thats in now and move it to the other drive when I swap the CDROM for the harddrive again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imagefx View Post
    Hi Patric,
    I'm not sure if your setup is interfering with the installation, I don't know enough about Ubunto. Someone bought me a laptop a while back that was stuck with it and wouldn't boot back to OSX, so Ubunto must do something to the boot process.

    I do however have a work around for you, either use something like VMware Fusion (virtual machine), mounted on a spare drive and install ubunto from an image file to it (negating the need for a disc drive). OR if you have another mac or a friend with one, install ubunto system to a portable drive then connect it up and choose it as your boot drive. I would prefer the last method as if something screws up, the drive can just switched off and your mac OXS will be intact.

    I hope this helps, regards
    Ok so I got a hold of one of those SATA To USB things so I'm gonna try your advice now.
    I have the internal CDROM inside and the 1TB connected to USB with the SATA To USB thing.
    It boots up fine, finds the "external" disk fine and I'm installing on it right now

    So lets just hope this works!


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    It worked!

    This is what I did, and keep in mind I use two harddrives so it's not a standard Macbook Pro setup.


    First I got my SATA To USB thing and plugged in my 1TB disk to it and my Macbook Pro and put the Ubuntu CD in the CDROM.
    Booted up the computer and choose to boot from the Linux CD in rEFIt.
    Installed it just fine without any problems and after the installation I mounted the 1TB drive back in the computer instead of the CDROM.

    Thanks for you advice!

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    Well, like i allready wrote somewhere else, the EFI firmware doesn't support booting other OSes from external, neither USB nor Firewire no matter if it's a DVD or HD. This was only possible on Powerbooks when booting from the OpenFirware prompt. Why didn't you first install linux on the HD from another PC and then swap it into the mac? However, you must leave the DVD drive in the mac, replace the main HD(OSX) with the second HD(empty), install linux, change your fstab to point to sda1 instead sda0 (***or whatever your HD is at the port where the DVD drive is), put back the first HD(OSX) into main port, exchange the DVD drive with the second HD(linux), and boot it, done.

    ***The unibodys have a SATA DVD drive, so you're a lucky **** and got the ability to use SATA on the second HD unlike the nonunibody, which has SATA on the main channel(HD) and IDE UDMA100 on the second channel(DVD drive), but it's still pretty fast with raid 0.

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