General :: Macbook Pro Running Only 3.6 GB RAM Available?

Nov 29, 2010

I've happily installed Linux on my MacBook Pro with 4 GB of RAM, but I only get 3.6 GB available:

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General :: Improve Wireless Connectivity On MacBook Running Ubuntu?

Jul 22, 2011

I recently installed Ubuntu on my MacBook and it's great. The only problem is the Internet speed... on Mac OS X it is much faster which doesn't surprise me because both have been optimized to run fast.

I was wondering if there was a driver, or similar, that would improve the speed for Ubuntu?

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General :: Install The Ubuntu 9.10 On Macbook Pro Running On Snow Leopard?

Mar 2, 2010

I have install the ubuntu 9.10 on my macbook pro running on snow leopard.

I see lots of errors especially on the usb driver.

And I have download the lastest update and after updating the ubuntu 9.10 the whole computer went in hang mode. i cannot do anything but just to resinstall my snow leopard and reload every thing and then i dare not install ubuntu again and worse there is no way i can boot into mac or ubuntu.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Running 11.3 Live System On MacBook Air?

Jul 26, 2010

I am too stupid to run a live Linux on a Macbook air. I used both, an openSUSE 11.3-KDE Live-CD and a Live-USB key and tried several boot options.

(i) I held down "C" to boot from CD → didn't work. It's an Apple CD drive but came with an older Macbook air a few years ago.
(ii) Found the bootmenu by holding down the option (ALT) key. Neither Live-CD nor Live-USB were shown. You can only choose the harddrive (and available wireless networks).
(iii) "Command-Shift-Option-Delete" to boot from an external drive didn't work either. I assume my USB key is an external drive, right?

I don't want to install openSUSE on the mac I just want to run a live system from time to time. Therefore I want to bypass Boot Camp or rEFIt and that's probably why I am stuck here. I wonder, if I really have to setup one of them to boot into a live system? The wiki article "openSUSE on a Mac" is under review right now.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Getting ANY Network Connectivity On Macbook 5,5 Running 10.10

Oct 24, 2010

Anyone have success setting up either wireless or ethernet connectivity on a Macbook Pro 5,5 on the 10.10 Maverick install? Normally in the past with 10.04, etc... I just plug in my ethernet cable and update my wireless using "sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source", but I can't even get my ethernet to work. I tried to load it from the live CD once logged in but couldn't figure it out.

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General :: Macbook Can't Recognize Partition At Startup

Mar 2, 2010

I'm using an Intel-based macbook, I made a new partition with BootCamp, after that I inserted debian installation CD, deleted the FAT32 partition that was made by BootCamp, made 3 new partitions:

/ ex3
/home ex3
and a swap partition,

after installing debian, I restarted macbook, but it couldn't recognize linux partitions, in Mac OSx I can't find any of these partitions as startup disks, and I can't mount them in Disk Utility, How can I access these partitions? how can I boot to debian?

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General :: Backing Up A Windows 7 Partition From Macbook With No OS X

Jun 5, 2010

I have a 3 year macbook with Windows 7 installed as 40gb and OS X as 40gb (80gb HD). I want to remove OS X as Im at the limit of 40gb on Windows and I have not logged on to Mac OS X since installed Win7 (dont flame me).

So I want to delete OS X partition and expand my win partition to 80gb BUT I still would like to be able to regularly (once a week/month) backup my Windows 7 partition - its took a while to setup everything up right - not just docs and programs - so when the hard drive dies I want to be able to restore the partition and boot away, (the daily volatile bits I can pull down from dropbox and project from soure control). With Mac OS X I could use Winclone - and this worked flawless last time the HD failed with XP but with the absence of OS X I will need something else.

Im thinking can I use a Linux Live boot CD along with an external USB hard drive. Boot from CD and then dd? the partition to the USB?

What linux distro live CD should I use? I say dd as if I know what am taking about (I dont) is this the best way to backup a partition (when it will be restored to same hardware as bootable) ? What command?

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General :: Sharing A Folder/partition Between Mac OS X In A Macbook Pro?

Dec 15, 2010

I'm starting to use a mac, and would like to install different operating systems on it, and, if possible, share some partitions. (like home)

I'm planning to install Debian along with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and share it's home directory, of, if possible, at least, create a new partition only for my mp3 files.

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General :: Mac - Which Linux Distribution Is Most Compatible With A MacBook Pro?

Aug 20, 2011

I would like to know your opinion on a Linux distribution that works best on a MacBook Pro. I tried Ubuntu 11 but I couldn't get wifi to work, all the keyboard shortcuts were jumbled up, and the even the trackpad was working horribly.

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General :: Fedora 14 Won't Boot On Macbook Pro 5 , 1 / Solution For This?

Feb 10, 2011

I've decided to install Fedora 14 on my Late 2008 Macbook Pro (model 5,1), but when attempting to boot from the live cd, all I get is the main boot menu, then I briefly get a grey screen with a blinking white cursor, then the screen just goes black. The computer is still running, and I can still hear the cd drive, but I have no video. I've seen the tutorials for installing Fedora 14 on a 5,1 macbook pro, and I know it's been done successfully with no mention of such issues.

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General :: Install A Distro On A Macbook And Remove The OS X?

Jul 11, 2011

I've been dabbling into linux by installing Wubi on my main computer, out of ease to install, but I use windows to do many things I'm not sure if I could do as easily in linux. Anyway, I had a macbook before I got my new main computer, and have been wondering if I can install linux on my macbook to test out other distros without potentially endangering my main computer (out of complete idiocy on my part, of course). Is this possible? Is there any specific "guide" out to do this?

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General :: Unable To Install Slackware On Macbook Pro

Apr 12, 2011

I have macbook pro,coare 2 duo 64 bit processor so i downloaded slackware13.1 64 bit but before installing it,i wanted to try it on virtual machine but it is giving me error "this kernel requires an x86-64 cpu,but only detected an i686 cpu. unable to boot-please use a kernel appropriate for your cpu". I checked my machine is 64bit.what should i do now to get slack up and running.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Maverick: MacBook 5,1 (and Mac General): Mouse?

Nov 1, 2010

I've seen many (unanswered) threads about this, so I'm asking again, specifically relating to Maverick on a MacBook 5,1 (and probably others) regarding the following:

Touchpad sensitivity Horizontal tracking across multiple displays is 2-3x faster than vertical tracking. Note that vertical tracking stays the same regardless of multi-monitor orientation; horizontal tracking seems to be the only thing affected by multi-monitor placement. This problem does not exist in single-monitor mode--x and y tracking is 1:1. There are no GUIs, xinput or other parameters I can find to adjust the x tracking resolution in multi-monitor mode, unless I'm just missing something. At this point I've tweaked every available parameter in xinput to see what they did, and none of them affected only the x resolution the way I would like.

Magic Mouse scrolling I have found several unanswered threads about this problem. Magic Mouse scrolling is terrible, and can't be adjusted using any of the GUIs available, nor by xinput. The ONLY existing solution is exclusive to Firefox. As above, I tried every xinput parameter for the driver available and could not get the scroll tracking to adjust at all. It's still static, at roughly 3-5 "lines" per tick, and the tick resolution is too great (my finger slides nearly the entire length of the mouse for only three or four ticks).

I am willing to look at source and compile new drivers if someone can point me in the right direction. Google is useless here, as the top 100 or so results all refer to the same handful of threads here on this forum, all of which remain unanswered to this day. If anybody out there has any new information regarding these problems, I'd love to hear about it, even if it's tucked away in some obscure blog nobody reads (which is why it wouldn't show up in the first dozen pages of Google results).

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General :: Installon An External Hard Drive On A Macbook?

Jul 27, 2011

From some Googling, I've found that you can use Bootcamp to install Linux Macbook.However, I have a Macbook air and do not have sufficient disk space. I was wondering if I could install it on an external drive, and boot it from the Macbook? I think that the problem is the bootloader. But, if I still use Bootcamp to install Ubuntu, it would set up the bootloader, and then I would just install to an external?

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General :: How To Remove GRUB2 & Ubuntu From MacBook Pro With Windows 7?

Jul 17, 2010

They finally got the MCP89 kernel patch finalized and released as a Ubuntu DVD in the daily build of Lucid Lynx (good job!). I tried it, but even after following Ubuntu's Wiki-guide to fix various problems, a lot of my Mac's functionality broke and I don't want to take up that battle yet (of trying to get everything to work perfectly {I'm a perfectionist}).So I want to remove Ubuntu and GRUB2 from my system. But even with some experience with problems like these, I'm in the ultimate pickle. OS X uses the GUID Partition scheme and EFI, whilst bootcamp has a BIOS/MBR emulator to run Windows. I installed the GRUB bootloader to the MBR (I think {In "/dev/sda" during the install}). I use rEFIt to chainload into GRUB2 to boot Ubuntu, and I want to remove that icon, return to booting Windows 7 using it's own bootloader, and restore the GB's that Ubuntu took back to the Windows 7 partition.

I'm lost and (for the first time in a while) WAY over my head. I have no experience with EFI/GUID. (I just got my first Mac a month ago)

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General ::Live USB That Works With Snow Leopard Macbook Pro From 2010 ?

Jan 24, 2011

I was searching for a long time for a Linux Live USB that I can boot my MacBook Pro from. Is there such a distro I can install on Snow Leopard or Windows 7? Update: I've found this:

"isohybrid" CD images (..) are special in that as well as the normal CD-based ISO9660 filesystem they also contain a valid-looking DOS-style partition table. Thus, if you simply copy one of these images raw to a USB stick a normal PC BIOS will boot the image directly. (...)Finally: I'd like to add support into xorriso for creating the nasty HFS hybrid images that are needed for booting Macs. The code that does this in cdrkit is probably some of the worst that I've ever worked with, and,I'd like to get away from it. If only Apple hadn't stupidly built their proprietary platform around this and had used open standards instead

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General :: Calling All FreeNX - Cannot Connect The Macbook's NX Client To The Server

May 2, 2010

I am trying (desperately) to setup freeNX so that I can access my Mandriva box from my Macbook over my network. I have great need to be able to do this. Here's the necessary info for you: Mandriva PC: running Mandriva 2010.0 with freeNX installed from the Mandriva repos Macbook: running OS 10.4 with the Nomachine NX Client installed Now, I have followed the setup from the Mandriva wiki as well as the freenx wiki to no avail. I simply cannot connect the Macbook's NX client to the server. I get an authentication failed message. However, I can ssh from the Macbook to the server just fine (that's how I'm getting most of this work done).

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General :: External Hard Drive Won't Mount On Karmic - Macbook 2,1

Jan 30, 2010

Manually mount or fix my external hard drive. I can't format the drive because I have important data on it. The drive is 1TB Select USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive from Iomega. When I plug it in, a message appears that reads:

"Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 32: mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb2,missing codepage or helper program, or other error. In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so".

Also, I plugged in the drive, typed the command "sudo fdisk -l" in the terminal, and received the following:

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdb'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

Partition table entries are not in disk order

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General :: External Hard Drive Won't Mount On Karmic, Macbook 2,1 Again?

Sep 3, 2010

Earlier this year I encountered a problem with my external hard drive; it would not mount automatically and I kept getting an error message. Last time I was able to fix it by typing in the terminal 'sudo fsck /dev/sdb2'. Once again it's not mounting automatically and I'm not even getting the error message. I can't format the drive because I have important data on it. The drive is 1TB Select USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drivefrom Iomega. Also, I plugged in the drive, typed the command "sudo fdisk -l" in the terminal, and received thefollowing:WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

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General :: Touchpad On 2007 Macbook Pro - Move Cursor With The Tip Of Finger

May 28, 2011

I have recently installed Linux mint on my 2007 mac book pro and i found that my touch pad/track pad is not as sensitive as it was running the mac os. i can no longer move my cursor with the tip of my finger.

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General :: Why Does Running A Program In Bash Work, When Running It In The Menu Doesn't?

Jul 26, 2010

I presume there is something in the JWM window manager - or Puppy Linux Lupu 5.01 itself that is conflicting with the normal loading of GMPLAYER....

I would like to know how to troubleshoot, and fix this problem if possible (even a workaround would be great).

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General :: Keyboard - Swap Fn (function) And Control Keys In System On A Macbook Pro?

Jan 24, 2011

I don't care if this is done in the bios or a kernel module or software. Is there any way at all to do make the 'fn' key act as 'control' and the 'control' key act as 'fn' in linux running on a macbook pro?

PS. You can do this with software in OSX with the application KeyRemap4MacBook.

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General :: Unable To Boot ArchLinux On Macbook Pro 7.1 - Drops To Recovery Shell

Aug 4, 2011

My MBP fails to boot Arch. This is what I did to install ArchLinux. Install rEFIT.

Partition using disk utility such that first one is Mac partition, second is Arch & the third ie the last one is windows.

Then put Windows 7 CD, select it from rEFIT and install it. Similar, install ArchLinux just as I did for windows.

Then finally to install the GRUB, I issued the command $grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/arch - recheck /dev/sda3 (after mounting my /dev/sda3 to /mnt/arch).

This is the exact error and then it drops to recovery:

Error after typing exit:

I have tried rootfstype too. No success.

My menu.lst (I have tried /dev/sda3 too):

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General :: Error:backend-not-running Backend Not Running As Expected (yumex Will Close)

Mar 9, 2010

i installed yumex:yum -y install yumex, when i start yumex it came with this error:fatal error:backend-not-running backend not running as expected (yumex will close) how can i solve it?

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Fedora :: Install 11 On A MacBook?

Jun 14, 2009

installing Fedora 11 on a MacBook.

It is mostly aimed at the 3,1/4,1 white series but a lot of the details are relevant to the newer 5,1 and aluminum macbooks too. Pretty much everything works just nicely with the tweaks described.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Run Under Macbook Pro

Nov 24, 2009

Got a macbook pro, how do I get Opensuse install on it. Partition has already been made..

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Ubuntu :: CD Does Not Boot On MacBook 5.2

May 14, 2010

I downloaded and burned the 32-bit desktop edition of Lucid Lynx (ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso) but can't boot it on my MacBook model 5,2. I've installed rEFIt. When I boot from the CD holding down the C key on hearing the boot chime, Ubuntu doesn't boot. A purple background with a keyboard and the accessibility icon shows up, then the screen goes black with a blinking underscore at the top left corner. After a little while, the marker disappears and the screen goes black. After that, nothing happens. I left my MacBook that way for a couple of minutes, but still nothing happened. Any clues about what the problem may be? Should I wait longer at the black screen?

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Ubuntu :: Take The Mac OS Software Off A Macbook?

Mar 27, 2011

Can you take the mac oS software off a Macbook and just use ubuntu?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Why Is Macbook Using So Much Ram

Apr 2, 2011

The highest I see is kernel_task at 362 mb.

I was running Cafe World with the latest Google Chrome and I doubt that Cafe World would use 7 gigabytes of ram.

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Ubuntu One :: Sync With MacBook

Apr 27, 2011

I am just starting to get with the Unbuntu One set up. What a cracking idea and service.

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 on my desktop and have a MacBook OSX for when I travel occasionally.

I can seem to see an answer to whether I can use my Mac to sync with my files on One or not. I have ssen the new Windows tool and the mobile App mentioned but nothing about Mac.

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